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.
The ridge known as 'The Stupids' has several fun lines down it, Stupid East being the most open and 'easy' (for a double black).
View the ridge out from below to check out entrances and cornices as depending on the snow that year, as they can get quite sizeable up there.
Most years the cornice develops smaller on the right, therefore enter by traversing in under it to the left.
Viewing it from below also allows you to check for any cornice debris. Access the ridge by taking as much speed as you can from the top of 7th Heaven chair/Horstman T-Bar along the crystal road to the first corner, continuing straight up the other side to the base of the ridge.
The path of the bootpack follows the South (7th Heaven) side of the ridge and meanders its way dropping you off at the top in about 10 minutes.
Stupid East can either be skied as a fairly open pitch or take some small airs to either side.
The run will lead you back onto Showcase T-Bar.