Analysing terrain data
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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.
This route has a lot to offer despite its meager appearance.
The slope is under 25 degrees making this a good option for days when avi conditions won’t allow for steeper terrain.
This is a good place for backcountry beginners as the short distance and mellow slope angle make for an easy tour.
The total ascent is only about 700 feet which allows for a quick roundtrip tour or easy laps giving you the flexibility to ski for as long or little as you want.
The location, Northeast of Interstate 70, does not allow motorized vehicles so you can avoid sled exhaust once you cross the highway.
If you stay close to your skin track on the descent you will find wide open trees and mellow turns.
You can venture slightly into the thicker trees but be careful because some of the slopes surrounding this line get steeper and have the potential to slide.
The slope is west facing which can get sun baked if there have been some warm sunny afternoons so this line is recommended during or soon after storms.
Start by crossing the highway and then follow the marked trail for Corral Creek around a small hill.
Once around the hill, keep your skins on as you descend a short slope to the base of the run you will be skiing.
Route finding is pretty obvious especially if you follow the FATMAP GPS track.
This route is located in the Vail Pass Recreation area and all users are required to pay a fee so don’t forget to find the pay station before you leave the parking lot for your tour.