Guidebook

Climbing and Skiing Denali - America's Biggest Adventure

The highest peak in North America has some of the best ski lines in the World - here's how to do them.

Charlie Boscoe

Description

For many climbers, simply reaching the summit of Denali is a lifetime goal, and understandably so. The mountain is the highest point in North America and the journey to the top is long, cold and tough. Only those with plenty of determination need apply.

For the truly elite, there is also the option to ski from the summit via a number of different routes, all of which are steep, serious and wild. In this guidebook are details of the Messner Couloir, Orient Express and Rescue Gully - the ultimate Denali ski ticklist. There's also a full route description of how to reach the summit from the Kahiltna basecamp at the foot of the mountain, and details of a very adventurous ski line which can be used as acclimatisation for the trip up Denali.

So, you're all out of excuses. Book the ticket and get training!

Messner Couloir
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Messner Couloir

Denali
1 - 2 hrs
3.7 km
99 m
1,880 m
61 °
The most sought after ski line on Denali and one of North America's most classic steep ski descents.
Severe
Private
Kalhiltna Queen West Face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Kalhiltna Queen West Face

0 - 1 hrs
1.5 km
47 m
889 m
58 °
An extreme ski line of the highest calibre
Extreme
Private
Rescue Gully
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Rescue Gully

Denali
0 - 1 hrs
1.4 km
0 m
769 m
50 °
A short but steep couloir acts as a shortcut to the lower West Buttress
Difficult
Private
Orient Express Couloir
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Orient Express Couloir

Denali
1 - 2 hrs
4.1 km
110 m
1,891 m
55 °
This giant couloir is one of Denali's great ski lines
Severe
Private
Kalhiltna Basecamp to 14k Camp
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Kalhiltna Basecamp to 14k Camp

18.9 km
2,507 m
The epic and scenic journey up the lower reaches of Denali
Moderate
Private
West Buttress
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

West Buttress

Denali
6.5 km
1,876 m
The classic and most popular route to the top of North America.
Severe
Private