Analysing terrain data
The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs, etc) but only the consequences of 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): Certain death in the case of a fall.
Flyin Floyds is a classic couloir wide enough and not so steep that even advanced skiers and riders can give it a go.
While it isn't easy by any means, Flyin Floyds is directly under the chair, adding a little extra pressure to the mix.
Recently a sign has been erected in the trees nearby that reads "Flyin' Floyds", in memory of beloved local Floyd Conradi.
While the "official" name is still Middle Finger Chute, many have switched to calling it Flyin Floyds, which is a much better name and does this fun chute justice.
Regardless of the name, this chute is great fun.
A consistent pitch and width, Flyin Floyds offers just enough space to make turns.
The gradient is steep but not extreme, allowing you to maintain, but control, your speed.
Head to this chute when you're ready to show off under the chair.
The entire length of this chute is viewable from the last few towers of Northway lift.
If you're lucky enough to be there when the ski patrol drops the ropes at Gate 3, head straight down and slightly left and carve some chalky turns in this north-facing couloir.
Note that once through the Northway gates, cliffs and other hazards are not marked.
This is avalanche prone terrain.
Ski/ride with a partner and carry the proper equipment.
After 400 vertical feet of consistent pitch through this long couloir, hit Northway run and return to the bottom of Northway Chair for another lap.