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.
On a nice powder day in winter this is THE run you want to do here in Hochfügen.
You get 1000 metres of descent with a small effort, in a wide area with nothing more than mountains and snow.
You access the route with the 8er jet gondola and the 2000er chairlift.
At the exit of the chairlift you have to ski in direction of the mountain in front of you.
Traverse skiers right, immediately at the avalanche barriers, from here you can see the north face you need to cross, until you reach the ridge you see from the lift top station.
Here there are normally are tracks but if not, try to do one more run here in the area of the 2000er, because breaking trail through the fresh powder is really exhausting and time consuming.
You need to traverse for 400 meters and always try to stay as high as possible.
It may takes 10 to 15 minutes, because there are some passages you need to keep your speed and some flat parts, but it's really worth the effort.
Space out while crossing, because avalanche danger could be high in this area.
After you've reached the ridge, first of all take a minute and enjoy the breathtaking panorama.NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF THIS SENTENCE- From here you need to follow the ridge for about 400 metres again until you reach a cove of the ridge and it's increasing again.
Here you have a good look down the hill, with about 30° steepness and a nice panorama.
The easiest way to ski here is to follow the terrain, which is turning more and more to the southern side.
After 500 metres you will see a bend in a track appearing.
This slope is not that steep so you can easily ski it on days with a medium avalanche danger, the hill could also be possible on days with higher avalanche danger, but the crossing of the north face to reach it is too dangerous!! When you've reached the bend in the track follow the hill down to the mountain huts.
From here you need to follow the track, keeping your speed, so you don't need to pole through the flat parts.
After a first long section, the next mountain huts appear.
Stay on the track until you are back at the parking space next to the 8er jet.
This route takes a lot of time, but it's truly worth it on a beautiful powder day.
Good weather and good snow conditions are required! In spring you can do this route on warm days before lunch and you'll have some fun.
If there is some fresh snow in Spring this is only a good route in the morning, the later it gets the stickier is the snow.