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 Freeride World Tour hold a qualifying event on the Pierre Plate every winter.
You can access the face from the Pointe des Mossettes (2,227m) by taking one of the Mossettes chairlifts from either the French or Swiss side.
From the top of the lifts take the red piste towards Switzerland (Morgins and Les Crosets), which goes around the right side of the restaurant.
Take the left split on the red piste, then almost immediately traverse leftwards away from the piste.
This takes you onto a gentle ridge descending left for about 100m to reach the famous Pierre Plate (a flat rock, as the name suggests).
Once there, drop down rightwards onto the face.
It is a short, shady north face, around 200m long, with a few optional rocks to jump off.
It is also a great face to carve out big turns.
It opens out to lovely easy slopes lower down.
At the bottom, the slopes will lead you down past the Tovassière restaurant serving traditional alpine cuisine - reward yourself with a raclette perhaps? Take the piste right next to the restaurant for two to three kilometres further to the Follieuse chairlift in Morgins.
For those based in Avoriaz, it takes about one hour to ride the lifts back to the centre of the resort.