Summary: This is the most common route up the peak. People fly in via float plane from Talkeetna, and land with skis on the glacier at 7700' on the park boundary. Then relay loads up the Kahiltna Glacier to just below Kahiltna pass, then swing east and ski up toward Windy Corner. There is a big camp at 14,500 feet below the West Buttress itself. Then climb the steep snow slope to the West Buttress on permanent fixed rope. Then along the ridge to Denali Pass and then the summit.
Detail: McKinley West Buttress Route 1978