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 rarely explored couloir is too narrow for most experts.
Some locals call this the most extreme run in Southback.
In competitions, this area known simply as "the cliff" is jumped entirely.
The apron at the end of Shank Chutes offers experts a few more points in competition.
The entrance to this couloir is steep and narrow.
Partway down, expect some sections of mandatory air.
Bring your A Game to this chute, and an extra helping of Wheaties.
While this ramp is fairly short, the consequences are big.
Enter at the top near the apex of the rocky apron at the end of the ridge above Shank Chutes.
The chute starts as a steep ramp heading east.
It narrows down quickly, and drops over a small cliff.
The tricky part is that it stays narrow to the bitter end.
The snow below this apron is often untouched and chalky.
Watch for avalanche debris on either side of this apron.