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.
Lurchers can be approached in a few different ways, either through hiking up from the top car park, after skiing a line in Coire an t-Sneachda, or after touring from Ben Macdui or the Loch Avon basin.
Skirt round the side of Cairn Lochan, descending first on a north-west aspect before picking up the visible patch of snow heading north towards the top car park of Cairngorm mountain.
In all but the snowiest years, you’ll have to hike back up and over to join onto the walkers path coming from Coire an Lochain/Coire an t-Sneachda for the last stretch towards the car.
The terrain varies depending on recent wind distribution of snow however it isn't steep and allows for a playful approach to be taken on the way back to the car park.