Backcountry skiing (alpine touring) 1:40:00  4.0 km (25:00 / km) +350m 17:23 / km
Half a day available before the snow cat picks us up at 1:00 to take us back out. I would have hoped the group would be ready to ski a little earlier because of the half day but these guys don't seem to get ready quick, despite their alpine mountaineering backgrounds. Lucas and I felt like we couldn't leave the hut early before helping with communal clean up, but it was hard to get anything started because no one was packed up or done eating.
Got out on the trail by 9:40. Figured we would still easily get 2 laps of the far edge of Planetary Glades that was so nice at the end of yesterday, maybe even 3 laps or 2.5. The female told me to be back by 12:00 so that I would have time to change and eat lunch. I told her that I was planning to ride out in my ski gear and eat lunch (already packed) on the cat, so I was aiming to be back for 12:30; she seemed to accept this.
Got up to the ridge in 50 minutes. As we started traversing the ridge, Planetary Peak felt like unfinished business. I radioed the rest of the group with our new plan and they simply told me that the cat leaves at 1:00, whether we are there or not. Had a fantastic trip across the ridge, up to the peak, down along the opposite ridge and wrapped around the shoulder for a nice line with great snow directly down to the hut. When we eyed up the line from a distance yesterday, it looked longer, but it was still good. Really glad we went for this traverse instead of just being tempted by a couple of nice powder laps.
After the cat ride out, I drove to Nelson for my next trip with Revy, CBass and others. On the way, came upon a young guy who had 360ed his car on the highway and stuffed it into the snow off the road. Managed to dig him out with my avy shovel and drive his car back up onto the road. Then got to Nelson just in time to meet up with Jordan and the gang for dinner at a great Mexican restaurant. Then enjoyed the shower and hygiene I had been lacking at the cabin (no sauna, no way to wash up, dorm sleeping) for 4 days.