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.
Located at the Summit of The Sisters just past Once is Enough, is one of the toughest lines at Kirkwood.
A narrow chute shaped like a heart surrounded by large volcanic walls that funnel into a large cliff.
Usually requires one or two turns, then a small cliff jump ‘into the heart’ and then making turns above the cliff exit.
Best is to wait until big snowpack years.