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.
A great adventure away from from the lift served area, down an 800m long, steep, narrow couloir.
The route ends at the village of Les Freaux and you will need to hitch back to La Grave or arrange transport to avoid a long walk back. Start down the classic Chancel route or the couloirs above the lake.
After the lake, head straight down towards the forest and towards two narrow gullies - take the left hand one.
The couloir is relatively mellow at the start but narrows and gets much steeper.
Head slightly skiers right in to the forest towards the bottom to stay on the right ride of the couloir.
Use the bridge over the Romanche towards the village of Les Freaux. Warning - the bottom of the couloir can often be filled with avalanche debris.
The right hand couloir can also sometimes be skied but is often a waterfall - check before you go.