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.
This steep couloir is one of the last straightforward routes through the cliffs that continue along the diminishing ridge to the north.
This chute is true backcountry and is not part of the ski patrol's avalanche control.
Furthermore, this large chute avalanches regularly, hence the name The White Dragon.
The mouth at the top of this long chute is fairly wide, with a cornice that builds on the ridge rib.
This rib is often wind-loaded and can avalanche regularly.
This rib also offers a fun entrance into this slope.
Once past this upper section, the slope steepens slightly across a few light rock bands.
It steepens even more towards the bottom where it squeezes through the cliff band.
This is the real danger spot here, as the cliffs on either side are tall and a fall here could be catastrophic.
Below this funnel, watch for avalanche debris.
You will have to veer right across a creek bed to return to the bottom of Northway Chair.
Alternately ski to bottom of old Lower Northway to the parking lot where you hopefully left a shuttle vehicle.
This is true backcountry.
Ski/ride with a partner and carry the proper avalanche equipment.