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.
A narrow, steep chute above an open bowl, West Ridge Chute C is hemmed on either side by trees.
The entrance here is usually not guarded by a cornice and so is easier than the three chutes higher on the ridge.
Access by hiking the Throne, pass the Southback gate at the False Summit and past the tree island guarding Chute B.
Watch for the traverse track below the chute as it opens into the bowl below.
Stay to the right in the open bowl to avoid a steep cedar bench that is often rocky and sometimes requires mandatory air.