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.
Teddy Bear Chute is a steep, narrow couloir for experts only.
Horseshoe Cliffs is a broad rock band sliced through with short couloirs that open to an apron below.
The chutes get progressively more difficult to skiers right.
Teddy Bear is more challenging than Paradise Chutes and easier than Foreign Exchange.
Enter Gate 6 of Northway and traverse to the right along the top of the cliff.
Teddy Bear Chute is the first low spot past a rocky buttress where a cable used for avalanche control is attached to a tree.
The less-than-ski-width wide entrance can be intimidating, and this move is the crux of the run.
Drop through the five foot wide opening and straight-line for a short, ten foot stretch.
Once through this rocky funnel at the top, the run opens up to a steep face.
Work through some tree and rock bands below this stretch to another open apron below.
The most straightforward line here is to work right as the slanting rock band pushes you that way.
It is also possible to stay left for a more challenging option over a few small cliffs.
Follow Otto Bahn back to the bottom of Northway Chair.