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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.
Thanks to its many spines, chutes and cliffs Elk Chutes is often used as a venue for freeride competitions.
Access via a short hike from Green Valley Express to the summit of Grubstake peak.
From right to left the chutes are called Upper Kookie, Elk Summit, Elk False Summit, Upper West Shoulder and Lower W Shoulder.
Watch for cornices and avalanches here.
Two main chutes diverge off the summit.
The left summit is slightly wider, but both are narrow.
Trees define the spines on either side, but many challenging lines exist between and through these trees.
The easiest chute is on skier's left, known as the Upper West Shoulder.
It is steepest at the top.
Elk Summit Chutes all open into the wide Snorting Elk Bowl offering 500 feet of vertical.