This popular, wide-open chute is one of the easiest couloirs on the north side of the King.

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Exposure

Exposure

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.

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.

Description

Hourglass is thus named as it starts wide, narrows slightly in the middle and opens wide again on the lower half.

Even at its narrowest point, Hourglass is still plenty wide to link turns.

This is an excellent chute for those attempting the north side of the King for the first time.

This is a consistent 600 vertical feet to the upper base of Avalanche Basin.

It is possible to traverse above the bottom of the basin to Damn Fine Forest for another 400 vertical feet.

Alternatively, find the groomed outrun to the base of Chair 6 for another lap.