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.
This route is clouded in a little bit of mystery.
Like all good freeride spots, there are stories or danger and bad decisions.
Where unsuspecting tourists have taken to the off piste ill-equipped in mind and in safety measures BUT for the cool, calm and collected free riders out there, this route is a fantastic warm up choice.
It can be done in little over an hour from lift to lift.
To begin, take the Couis 1 lift.
Get off the chair lift on the left.
Take advantage of the killer views from the top of the lift then you can smugly pass all the people heading onto red 9.
As the path to red 9 is on your left, you begin to traverse out to skiers right.
The area at first is steep so you will drift down as well as out to the right.
It takes you into a basin of sorts with the piste to your not so distant left and rocks and the promise of exciting new pastures on your right.
When you have established yourself comfortably in the basin then you can begin to descend.
If the snow moves in the area, it will move quickly- this is certainly a chance for you to employ the one by one system.
There are a few ridges on the right to use as take offs and the area is nice and steep.
When the snow is good, there will be may a powder turn to enjoy.
However, this route is still good training on the legs when it's hard packed or slightly icy.
In fact, its good to play with your technique in varied conditions and this route is a good area for the aspiring back country skiers or snowboarders.
As you descend you will see less of red 9 and begin to see the side of black 8.
You can use this as a guide to help you navigate back to the safety of the piste as you see black 8 and black 27 meet red 9.
No climbing equipment is needed for this route, simply the traverse will allow you to access this particular spot.