Ever since I first opened my copy of Lou Dawson’s Wild Snow I’ve wanted to ski Mt. Katahdin. The tallest mountain in Maine, Katahdin has alpine terrain, an imposingly sharp, rocky ridgeline, and, yes, a 15-mile approach. The scale, the views, and the remoteness are all reminiscent of a peak out west, not some sleepy Appalachian hill. The difficulty of access is part of the allure, in the sense that backcountry skiing is about getting away from the daily grind and into the wilderness. Fortunately, over MLK weekend the stars aligned and we had the weather and stable snow conditions to get some great skiing in.
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