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.
Once is Enough is a real gemstone.
This highly technical chute is accessed via the Cardiac Ridge Traverse.
Ascend the traverse just past the entrance to Four Shadows and then head south, contouring below the summit.
You’ll run into the southern ridge of Cody Peak a couple hundred feet to the south and at that point, look for the entrance to Once is Enough by looking for the only possible ski run! From the middle of the bowled entrance, scope your way into the run.
There is a bolted anchor at this point, so it’s possible to give yourself some added protection from a fall or a rappel into the line.
However, the most typical entrance is the skier’s lefthand side, which is less steep and less exposed.
The skier’s right side, or the “hollywood” entrance should be entertained by true experts only.
The chute is consistently steep the entire way, it requires a confident skier or snowboarder, otherwise it’s best to head back to the north side of Cody Peak by retracing your steps.
The chute opens up into No Name Bowl.
While it is possible to link up with No Name Face by cutting onto the traverse just below the cliff wall’s end, it’s more fun to carry your speed into the open bowl below! Watch out for skiers traversing below you, and exit the basin below on the skier’s righthand side, traversing towards the top of Pinedale Canyon.
Do not drop in fall line from the basin, there's a large cliff band below!