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.
Marvins is a large expanse starting to the north, off the top of Benchmark proper.
Marvins consists of two significant cliff bands on steep slopes, running approximately 1200'.
"East" Marvins can be less navigable, as it winds down a treed drainage.
East Marvins is the first drainage to the north off the top of Benchmark and is skier left of Abes.
The Marvins zone needs to be given respect as it has significant cliffs, and hazardous run outs.
This zone ends in the main basin.
To exit the area, follow the basin out, always being aware of drops and terrain traps.
The final open meadow will lead you to a narrow track which returns to the East Vail neighborhood where the bus to Vail Village can be found.