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.
"Black Mamba" is a lesser known hidden gem found by staying skier's left as you access Kristi's from the top of North Star.
This is one of the steeper and tighter inbounds spots on Aspen Mountain.
It starts tight, and stays tight all the way down to the cat track that takes you back out toward the Couch Chair and Gent's ridge.
A favorite by locals, you can find small pillows and cliffs, but narrow and tight landings mean you have to be on your game as the chutes are bordered by pines.