Tackling Mt. Shuksan

Two groups of skiers attempt tough lines on Washington's Mt. Shuksan.

Updated: December 14, 2010, 4:38 PM ET
By Drew Tabke | ESPN Action Sports

Washington's 9,131-foot Mt. Shuksan, one of the state's 10 non-volcanic summits over 9,000 feet, is the one you can see towering over the chairlifts at Mt. Baker ski area. The fact that Shuksan is rarely skied despite the mountain's proximity to the backcountry mecca of Mt. Baker ski area is testament to the peak's forbidding character. Most of the time, skiers look but don't touch Mt. Shuksan. Guidebook author Fred Beckey says of the view from the ski area, "The oft seen NW face is ...

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