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.
VERY EXTREME skiing.
Danger of death.
The "intro" to the north face of the Midi.
Incredible ambiance and surprisingly "freerideable" in the upper section.
The direct entrance to this line is rarely in condition and often fresh snow hides large areas of ice.
The slope is very avalanche prone.
A fall on this route would almost certainly be fatal.
Head out on the Grand Envers route and instead of skiing the top of the steep first pitch traverse under the ridge line and out onto the north slope.
Ski a short pitch and traverse right underneath the rock outcrop.
A steep face is reached and should be skied cautiously as it is often rocky and the snowpack very thin.
Just above the rimaye the terrain angle kicks back and some incredible turns can be had in an awe inspiring setting.
Ski the large bowl heading right before the serac and locate a rock outcrop where you need to build a rap station.
A full 60 meter or two 30 meter rappels only just puts you at the top of a narrow couloir.
Ski this until a small rock step.
Rappel once more before enjoying the wide open slope that take you back to the midi mid station.