Analysing terrain data
The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs…) but only the consequences of the skier falling.
Low Exposure (E1): Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.
Medium Exposure (E2): As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.
High Exposure (E3): In case of a fall, death is highly likely.
Extreme Exposure (E4): In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.
The Pioneer Main Chute is one of the gnarlier lines in this area.
It requires an hour-long hike in, which is made easier with skins, and has a very steep long pitch with trees and cliffs.
It is also a huge terrain trap so you don't want to ride this line unless you are sure of the avalanche conditions.
This area is outside of the resort boundary, and no avalanche work is performed here.
Many people have died in avalanches in this area.
Make sure to check the avalanche conditions before thinking about dropping in on this line.
When the conditions are right, this is one of the most fun and extreme lines in the area.