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.
The Rocher de l’Enfer itself is a huge cliff best known as the site of the now broken world record monoski jump.
It is not actually that suited to jumping because the landing area isn’t steep.
However, the rocky outcrops to the skier’s right of the main cliff do have some interesting and slightly less life threatening lines.
They are still rocky and steep and change a lot with the snow conditions but there is usually something there worth doing for experts who enjoy a bit of air or narrow straight lining.
The entrance can be corniced so it is best to check your line out from below first.
The best way to get here is via the Eychauda button lift and the off piste face around the Isolée black run.
Once down the technical rocky part, the face opens up into a lovely wide pitch that is fantastic in powder.
You rejoin the pistes on the run of the same name, the Rocher de l’Enfer.