wargowsky wrote: in fact, my climbing partner is taking a pair of 404s on Denali next month.
Just my two cents, I have used skis on every Alaska Range trip to very good effect, except for Denali. We used our skis for only two days - to 11k. Above that it was too icy and steep for skis so we cached them at 11k. Unless
you are planning on skiing for pleasure (we saw parties carry both climbing and skiing boots for this. Watching rangers Meg Perdue and partner link turns below 11k while roped was pretty cool), I would opt for plastic snow shoes. They fit in a duffle so you don't have to spring for the extra cost of flying with a ski bag. Airlines have gotten really crappy about extra baggage, it is one way they can make money. I used to be able to check two 80lb bags and with a wink and a smile to the ticket agent get my skis checked for free. Those days are long gone. Also, skiing downhill with a Denali sized pack and sled is very difficult. We strapped our skiis to our sleds and walked down.