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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.
Use the lift system to take you to the top of the ski area and then hike/skin up to the summit of Cairngorm.
From here, enjoy the views before descending on a S/SW aspect to start with before heading S/SE to pick up the natural stream line of Coire Raibeirt.
The natural contours of the slope hold the snow well into the season and give great skiing as you make your way down towards Loch Avon.
The slope steepens at the bottom, forming a natural gully and (in a good snow year) taking you down almost to the loch.
From here, you can skin on a westerly aspect- along the shore line- and towards Coire Domhain, before heading out towards Coire an t-Sneachda or the ski area.
This is also an excellent option to survey both Diagonal and Y Gully’s from the bottom and (if wished) climb them before committing to a descent.
Although tough work, this is often considered good practice in Scotland where conditions can turn from ankle deep powder to a nasty breakable crust in a matter of hours!