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.
This north facing line more or less follows the track of the old Isolée piste.
Head here when there’s been fresh snow with no wind.
The area is vast so you can vary your line each time and get fresh tracks for hours.
Follow the start of the Isolée black run to the left at the top of the Eychauda button lift.
Towards the end of the ridge drop into the north face – the whole face is skiable at this stage.
Further down, cross over a track used for piste grooming machine sight seeing tours, then look for the slope to get significantly steeper.
If you’re on the right line you will be able to see all the way down it.
There will be multiple baby trees on it unless the snowpack is super deep.
Take care in this sector as the infamous Rocher de l’Enfer, a giant cliff, lurks.
Rejoin the piste on the Rocher de l’Enfer black run below.