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.
From the top of the Zirmachbahn chairlift hike for 1 minute south to get on top of the ridge immediately behind the chairlift station.
Put your skis on and pick your entry spot into the wide gully below.
After 200 vertical metres of open skiing the gully narrows to just a few metres wide.
Negotiate this or, if conditions allow, avoid the narrowing by traversing right above it and then skiing through some steep, small trees back into the gully.
Either way, come back into the middle of the gully which is now around 20 metres wide, and follow it for 150 vertical metres to where it meets an almost horizontal walking track.
Turn left and follow this downhill.
If you are the first skier on the track you will need to pole a bit but once the track has been established you can simply ski along it for 5 - 10 minutes all the way to the Galtalm, a stunningly positioned mountain hut with panoramic views of the Stubai valley.
The Spinatknödel (spinach dumpling, served with olive oil and parmesan) at the Galtalm is one of the finest in the region, and that's saying something! From the hut, ski down a clear jeep track north-east for 10 minutes back to the station which separates the Kreuzjochbahn 1 lift and Kreuzjochbahn 2.