A large cirque with a variety of short, steep descent options


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 Stanley Headwall is rarely skied.

For much of the season it is guarded by large cornices at the top.

Even if those cornices collape in the spring, the snow can be so rough, due to the southern aspect, that this area is often not worth the effort.

However, in the RARE instance that a cornice is not blocking the entrance and the snow conditions are favorable (both avalanche danger and quality), this area can be very fun.

Although it is short, it is steep and aesthetic with things to jump off of.

Be VERY patient and wait for the right conditions if you have ambitions to ski Stanley Headwall.