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Himalayas of the west: skiing Mount Logan

HIMILAYAS OF THE WEST
SKIING MOUNT LOGAN
By the numbers, Mount Logan can seem daunting. At 19,550 feet, it's Canada's highest peak. Sitting squarely in the St. Elias Mountains of Kluane National Park and Reserve, Logan dominates a 12-mile plateau of eight subpeaks over 18,000 feet. The mountain itself is more than 25 miles long and rises more than 13,500 feet above its glacial base, which has a circumference of 120 miles. In terms of sheer mass, it's the largest mountain in the world. But don't let its Himalayan stats dismay you. The most popular route, King's Trench, is a North American classic—comparable to tackling Mount McKinley's West Buttress. There is no technical rock or ice, and you can ski the majority of the Trench's gently sloped glaciers, including the five-mile trudge across the peak's deceivingly broad summit plateau. With a dependably toasty sleeping bag and two or three weeks, intermediate skiers (with previous mountaineering experience and a guide) have a good shot at the summit.
OUTFITTER International Mountain Guides (360-569-2609, www.mountainguides.com) runs three-week expeditions up Logan every May for $4,000 per person. With hot showers, a library, and Imax views of the massive mountain, Icefield Discovery Lodge (867-633-2018, www.icefields.ca), a seasonal collection of insulated tents on the St. Elias Icefield, is a great base camp for both guided and independent ski-touring in the St. Elias Mountains. Two-night packages start at $565 for two people, including meals and round-trip airfare from Kluane Lake.

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