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.
The Clot Gauthier lift has some obvious and easily accessible off piste directly underneath it.
However, there are also a couple of fun chutes and open faces to the right hand side at the top, on the north face.
While fairly steep, they are not long and so are a good introduction to steep skiing.
Access is pretty straightforward – you just need to avoid the wooden avalanche barriers by skiing around them to their right for the right hand line and to their left for the left hand line.
Obviously good in powder, these two similar lines are also a joy to ski in cold, grippy, mid-winter snow.
As you rejoin the piste below (Sellettes), take care as there can be a steep drop onto it at times.