Analysing terrain data
The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs…) 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.
Pinnacle Gully is a north facing line on the southern side of Loch Avon.
Given its aspect it can often be icy and is therefore better to be climbed before the descent unless you are certain that the snow is good.
If you are going to climb the gully it makes sense to combine it with a descent of Coire Raibeirt, Y Gully or Diagonal Gully before skirting round the side of Loch Avon to the bottom of the line.
If you would prefer to ski it blind, then skin towards Carn Etchachan before cutting North to get to the top of the line, identified by the unique “Pinnacle” of rock, jutting out from the snow.
Take care at the top of the gully before enjoying some (hopefully) nice turns once in.This is actually a pretty wide gully, but can feel a little tighter at the top depending on snow conditions.
The run out is quite rocky on the skier's right side, so follow the snow line slightly left and enjoy the views in this atmospheric area.
After the descent, skin out and up Coire Domhain before choosing a descent in Coire an t-Sneachda or heading back over to the ski area.