Analysing terrain data
The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs, etc) but only the consequences of 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): Certain death in the case of a fall.
The famous Back Corries of Nevis Range are the go-to spot for all backcountry enthusiasts visiting the area, if conditions are stable. With different entrances across the whole corie rim that vary in steepness (steepest on the skier’s right hand side), the Back Corries caters for all ranges of skill levels from intermediate - expert skiers. The welcoming staff in the Ski Patrol hut at the top of the Summit Button tow will be more than happy to give you advice on the most recent conditions in the Back Corries and advise you on anywhere that’s worth avoiding before you head down into them, so pop your head in and say ‘hi’ once off the Summit Button. From the ski patrol hut, follow the fence line in a northerly direction via the ‘Lemming Ridge’ (patrol will close the Back Corries if they deem it too unsafe) to then reach the Nid ridge that gives access to the Back Corries on its right hand side.
You’re free to drop into any area you wish along this ridgeline, depending on your ability level and the conditions on the day. Yellow Belly is usually flanked by large cornices and thus, attracts more experienced skiers than perhaps Back Track.
Once over the cornices, you can rip up some turns all the way down the Coire Dubh. Depending on the snow level, you’ll be able to ski underneath the Braveheart Chairlift to the base of Coire Dubh, to then take the chairlift back up which gives you enough height to then traverse around the Nid Ridge to access Rob Roy’s Return which leads back to the Gondola top station. Please be aware that you will need to traverse high and skier’s left, keeping enough height to return back to resort via Rob Roy’s Return if the Braveheart Chairlift isn’t open.
You can of course head down to Braveheart and skin back out, but this requires the use of ski touring equipment.