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.
The Eychauda area is known for its north facing slopes which tend to hold good powder unless the wind has blown it all away.
However, there is also a much neglected east facing slope to the left at the top of the lift that can be good in deep snow but really comes into its own in spring snow conditions.
The slope is generally smooth with few obstacles and lots of space to pick your line.
It can be tempting to try and squeeze in a few more turns but, slightly frustratingly, if you want to be able to traverse back into the resort without having to walk, you need to traverse left before reaching the bottom of the slope.
About three quarters of the way down is a good rough indicator.
You can go down further but would then need to be equipped with skins (or snow shoes) to head back uphill to rejoin the resort at the col de Serre Chevalier.
Expect to climb for about 15 minutes if you do go too low.
You can also head down to the village of Les Combes and then Puy Chalvin, though you’ll need to arrange a pick up from there.
The traverse itself takes you back to the same col from where you can reach the Rocher de l’Enfer black run.
Snowboarders need to be goofy or be comfortable riding switch to stay on the traverse.
Even then it can be tough so snowboarders may wish to start the traverse slightly higher up than skiers.