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The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs, etc) 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.
Numerous spines, chutes and glades that open to a wide basin, Lower Bear Pits is accessed by either Shot 1 gate or the two gates along the Signline Right ropeline.
Once inside the gates, there are no hazard markings.
This avalanche prone terrain is for experts only.
Three prominent spines, known as Right Rib, Central Rib and Left Rib (aka Goal Post) span across the central part of this basin.
Between these ribs are chutes that extend from the upper Bear Pits gates.
These popular chutes get skied out quickly.
Work the glades on the left when the rest of the basin is skied out.