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 classic hourglass-shaped couloir, Toasters offers 650 vertical feet of relatively untracked snow.
Toasters lies just shy of the summit of the King.
Perhaps due to summit fever few stop at Toasters to enjoy the goods.
Guarded by a cornice on the left, enter on the right, with plenty of room for wide sweeping turns.
Work the ribs on either side of the chute, which are usually covered with deep snow.
At the narrowest point partway down, watch for rocks below the choke.
Give yourself a turn or two before opening it back up again.
Watch for avalanche debris below.
While this chute looks similar to Hourglass, it is more challenging, as it's a little steeper and narrower.
For those first skiing/riding in Avalanche Basin, try Hourglass first before venturing into Toasters.
An alternate entrance to Toasters can be found between Second Step and Toasters proper.
This wide entrance is skiers left of the main entrance described above.
Make a few nice turns in this less popular upper section before it funnels down and over a cliff.
It is possible to hit this cliff, but beware of the slanted rocky landing.
Attempt this one only on deep snow years.
Otherwise, slip right above the narrow section into the Toasters funnel and continue through to the apron below.