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.
Java is one of a few lines accessible from a short bootpack up onto the cliffs at the top of the Blackcomb Glacier.
Once you've hiked up from Showcase T-Bar to the top of the glacier, follow the wind lip all the way to the cliffs on the other side, uphill of the backcountry gate.
It's a harder bootpack than the one you will have just done but the lines up here are totally worth it, especially if you're looking for something steep, some fresh snow in the days following a powder day or just feel like working on your glutes.
Before you've reached the top of the cliff ridge there will be a chute on the right.
This is Java - short but sweet.
Beware of the wind lip and the traverse lines made from people accessing the backcountry gate.
The line drops you back into Blackcomb Glacier.
Enjoy the views! You finish on Blackcomb Glacier so take crevasse rescue kit in your group.
A minimum would be 30m ropes x 2, a long sling, 3 screwgate karabiners, prussiks and an ice screw.