Backcountry skiing (Alpine touring) 4:00:00  15.0 km (16:00 / km) +1300m 11:10 / km
Top Hat traverse with Carbon, Melissa and Peter. Lots of people on the uptrack all heading for the same objective but all following gps tracks they got from somewhere. When we got to the col, a bunch of tracks (there were tracks all over all of the zones around Hamilton Lake and Emerald Lake) headed right over the convex roll. We got to the col with two other groups and I knew people in both groups. No one else had been there before and didn’t know where they were going. I explained how to traverse across to get to a more planar slope and avoid the convex start. We had a good chat about how to manage three groups skiing down close to each other. We waited and let the first group go ahead. I then traversed farther skier’s left because I know it would still work. Got into fresh snow and had a nice direct fall line. Really good snow. The other group of 3 behind us from Canmore followed and were glad they did. I then traversed far left again and found another great line and radioed back for both groups to hear that there was enough fresh snow for all of us. Another great pitch. Then stayed far left and was able to fit our turns in between the spaced tracks that were there. Traversed hard right all the way to the far right drainage, this time skiing it from higher up than where we inevitably have to cut over to it. I’ve often looked up and thought it could be worth going in earlier. After that, we cut hard left for fresh snow between spaced tracks for the last pitch. Stopped to chat with a group that had come in the other way and was touring up the bottom pitch (?) for reconnaissance because they didn’t know the area. I gave them a bunch of info on how we did it, without trying to sound like their way was a poor choice (I wouldn’t want to skin up that slope with everyone coming down on me all day).
A good leg burn for most of us, some of the pitches had some nice length. It’s a beautiful tour, the sun and visibility were the best I’ve had and it was sweet to find fresh tracks even though there were a lot of tracks on the usual lines. The final tour down the creek was in great shape and everyone really enjoyed the adventure.
Started around 8:30 and got back to the car at 2:00.