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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.
Quite possibly the most well known run in Scotland, the Flypaper flanks Glencoe Mountain resort on its steep north eastern side. Home of Scottish Freedom Series’ Coe Cup and with ample rocky drops positioned throughout the length of the run, this is also a freeriders' paradise.
Expert skiers can choose their own unique way down as they play about with the terrain and charge their way through this steep face. The Flypaper is accessed by skating your way from the top of the Ranch Bottom Tow in an easterly direction, until you reach the top of a convex rollover that marks the top of the Flypaper.
The top is usually quite enticing, with a convex rollover soon ramping up the inclination until you’re full committed to skiing the Flypaper.
There generally isn’t too much information needed for route finding once you’re on the face itself, just buckle up and keep your footing for a great ride on the quiet side of Glencoe. Intermediate - advanced skiers may prefer to drop down the ridge on the skier’s left hand side a little, to drop into the Flypaper slightly lower down where a slightly easier traverse is available for them to get onto the face.
Dropping down lower also gives you less exposure with a shorter slide to the bottom in the event of a fall. Once at the bottom, make a skier’s left traverse back around to the resort to get the lifts back up for another lap on this awesome run!