Analysing terrain data
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.
The Remarkables plays host to some fantastic chutes that are found nestled on the ridge on the southern side of the Shadow Basin Chairlift that leads down east from the weather station, looking out directly towards the north face of Double Cone.
Frequently used as the location for the Freeride World Tour, this area gives some of the best freeride terrain in the area. Given the fact that they are only a short hike from the top of Shadow Basin and that they are within the resort boundaries (when patrol have opened them), this means that the Alta Chutes see a lot of traffic of varying ability levels.
Be aware that there are some people skiing in resort and have little consideration for avalanche safety or safe travel practices, and don’t be surprised if someone knocks a load of sluff down on top of you within these chutes! From the top of the Shadow Basin Chairlift, take your skis/board off and bootpack up towards the ridgeline that is ahead of you to your south east, you should pass a resort boundary gate and there should already be a track set from patrol securing the chutes each morning.
Elevator, Escalator and Alta Chutes are all accessible from this ridgeline. Alta Chutes is the name for the furthest looker’s right hand couloir along the ridge line, but you’ll hear locals call the whole collective ridgeline as the ‘Alta Chutes’, which can cause some confusion. Alta Chutes is the easiest of all the chutes along the ridgeline as it is a fairly shallow and mellow couloir. Once out of the chutes, a simple westerly traverse (snowboarders stay high) is needed to be made before you reach Lake Alta to make your way back to the pistes and reach the lifts for another lap of these awesome chutes!