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.
Instead of heading straight into the main Grand Vallon route, traverse to the left along the ridge before descending a short pitch to a well-defined saddle.
Stay high and cross the saddle to access a treasure-trove of fun "mini-golf" terrain.
A variety of short chutes and cliffs drop down to your right back into the main Grand Vallon bowl.
The best approach is to tick one off and then scope the next on your traverse back to the Pyramides chair for the next lap.
The further round you traverse, the more vertical you unlock, until eventually you reach the end of the ridge with slopes leading directly back to the bottom of the Pyramides chair.
With all of these variants, be sure there aren't skiers skiing or traversing below you.
If you trigger an avalanche on any of these steepish slopes and there is a group below you, you're likely to ruin their day!