(Bloomberg) Heli-skiing might be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, but if there were ever a year to take the plunge, this is it. Why share a run with a bunch of strangers—who may or may not be taking proper Covid-19 precautions—when you can ski the best powder of your life among a tight circle of friends or family? As long as you can confidently tackle blues, consider yourself ready for the ultimate in private downhill thrill-seeking. Whether you’re looking for extreme steeps or mellow cruisers, here’s where to take flight around the world.
CHUGACH MOUNTAINS, ALASKA
When: A short season limits you to freezing-but-snowy March or sunnier April.
Why: The sparkling Mount Diamond, 150 miles east of Anchorage, serves up 6,200 feet in a single drop, and it’s not even the tallest among this range. Runs average 3,500 vertical feet with 40F temps in a coastal location; moist snow means more stability underfoot.
Who: Originally founded by extreme-skiing legend Doug Coombs in 1993, Valdez Heli-Ski Guides counts some of the most experienced instructors in the business. Seven-day packages from $5,900 per person.