Winter Ski Destinations
Get Fresh Tracks This Winter
Our travel experts share the best destinations to explore in the new year
There is nothing that screams adventure more than the whomp-whomp-whomp of a helicopter's blades as it drops you off at the top of an unnamed chute, somewhere off the beaten path of ski runs and bunny slopes. Here are our top picks for getting out there this winter, whether you're a seasoned heli-skier or it's your first time taking to the sky. Better start doing those squats. This season is going to be one for the books.
SCARP RIDGE LODGE
COLORADO: Crested Butte
Crested Butte, Colorado, is one of those hidden mountain gems. Combine an authentic small-town vibe with staggering Rocky Mountain peaks in every direction you look, and you've got the perfect ingredients for the winter escape of a lifetime. Maybe that's why the former coal-mining burg is now called "the last great Colorado ski town." Our favorite place to stay in the Butte? Scarp Ridge Lodge, and for good reason.
BELLA COOLA HELI SPORTS
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Coast Mountains
$8,048 | 8 days
Bella Coola is the ultimate destination in British Columbia when it comes to heli-skiing. With 2.64 million acres of skiable terrain in the Coast Mountains, the entire area is 499 times bigger than Vail, 325 times bigger than Whistler and Blackcomb combined, and 90 times bigger than the whole Trois Vallées—hey, it's even bigger than the entire Swiss Alps. That means you're guaranteed fresh tracks...every...single...day.
THE WILDERNESS LODGE
NEW MEXICO: Taos Ski Valley
Perched at the very top of Taos Ski Valley, the Wilderness Lodge at Kachina Peak is the highest private residence in the state of New Mexico, and it's perfect for families. The ski area itself is revered among passionate skiers worldwide and satisfies enthusiasts with steep, powdery thrills, exciting bowls and chutes, and also one of the best ski schools in the United States. While not technically involving any helicopters, the mountain's 3,000 foot vertical drop makes our list.
ICELAND: Northwest Iceland
There's just something alluring about a place that has long been devoid of tourists and has so much untouched natural beauty. Take all this inspiration and kick it up a notch with a visit to Iceland's mountaintops, where the camera-toting hordes will never reach. This is one country we think deserves more than a layover, and we're here to tell you why a stay at the up-and-coming Deplar Farm is perfect for finally checking Iceland off your list.
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