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 East Wall of the White Lady is a wide, open face which towers above the famous White Lady piste.
The face is littered with small bowls and mini-cliffs to drop off, but there's always a route around for those who aren't keen to get any air time! Before trying the run, check out snow cover from the Sheiling (funicular mid-station) or Coire Cas, to make sure it's in good condition. The run is accessed from the M2 blue piste.
After you join the M2 from Coire na Ciste, follow the run down for a few hundred metres.
There will be a gap in the fence on the skier’s left of the run, head through here to begin the route. This top section is fairly flat, so will allow you some time to cruise across to the start of the Wall.
As you head down, the face will be on your left hand side, and you can choose your starting point depending on your own experience and snow conditions.
Entering the run close to the M2 will allow you to take a less steep route - whereas a longer access traverse will allow you to hit a steeper part of the run with more natural features throughout. On the way down, aim for the M1 Poma lift, which is on the other side of the funicular track.
This is the fastest route back up, so you’ll be able to get a few laps of the East Wall quite easily! Take care when joining the White Lady piste, as a stream runs directly in between the piste and the East Wall, so there’s often a large ditch just by the snow fence.
A bit of creativity is sometimes needed to get across, but this entirely depends on snow conditions. Overall, the East Wall is a great way to get away from busier pistes, and if you’re quick, you can usually manage quite a few runs with fresh tracks on a powder day.