We mark each freeride/off-piste/backcountry route with an E and a number between 1-4. This is the exposure grade given by the Local Expert in that area. Every grade is reviewed by our Lead Moderator. These grades are taken from the Toponeige grading system.
The exposure grade does not take into account objective hazards (stone fall, seracs…) but only the consequences of a the skier falling.
Exposure 1 (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.
Exposure 2 (E2): As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.
Exposure 3 (E3): In case of a fall, death is highly likely.
Exposure 4 (E4): In case of a fall, the skier faces certain death.