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.
2300 vertical metres of serious adventure down every kind of terrain you can imagine.
The route finding is tricky, the route steep and exposed but when the conditions come together for this legendary outing it will be a line you will never forget.
It can be useful to leave a car at the Grand Clot avalanche barriers or arrange transport to avoid a long walk home. The line starts down the glacier from the top of the Girose / 2nd Trifides drag lift.
Follow the fall line heading almost directly under the Dome de la Lauze.
Just before the small flattening, head skiers right to cross over before the rock face and seracs.
Ski the tongue of the glacier to the right of a shoulder.
Follow the series of bowls and gullies but make sure you catch the traverse off left to avoid the deep gorge below.
When you reach the obvious square rock in the middle of an exposed slope, continue descending very slightly skiers left, until two larch trees.
A rope can be useful for the traverse.
A fall would almost certainly be fatal.
Enjoy the final few turns before reaching the bridge to cross over to the main road.