Analysing terrain data
The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs, etc) but only the consequences of 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): Certain death in the case of a fall.
This zone of Northstar is named after the many variations of Bloody Mary’s that Northstar California serves up at its three mountain lodges.
This zone is large and easy to access.
It is located about half way up the ridge hike and you will see a large area to drop in that is lightly wooded.
This zone is so enjoyable since it is not extremely steep but at a great pitch for fast speeds and hard powder turns after a big snow.
The draw of this zone if the wide open tree skiing and steep pitch for powder turns.