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.
Park at Our Lady of the Snow church 7.5 miles up Little Cottonwood Canyon.
From here hike under the power lines to Cardiff Pass.
Stay along the ridge that undulates up and down along Black Knob, Little Superior and Mount Superior.
Next continue on the ridge to the W, and you'll arrive on the top of one of the most iconic and beautiful peaks, Monte Cristo.
The upper headwall has a cool feel to it as it appears to just hang there when viewed from many angles.
It's much less steep than it appears though.
The headwall angles into the main chute which holds a nice consistent 40 degree pitch for a thousand feet or so.
Continue heading fall line and you'll come to a rocky area that may be skiable, or might need to be down climbed, or do a short rappel.
This will lead you to the main large 80ft rappel.
There is a large tree on the skiers right hand side that usually has a few slings around it.
A single full 165ft rope will get you over the cliff.
The finish is quite mellow, but it's a fun half pipe finish right to the road.