As much as skiing is a sport about navigating from the peak of a mountain to its base, the journey down a slope really begins with your ascent. And reaching the untouched, off-piste powder of a summit by helicopter is a very different experience than shuttling onto a gondola with hordes of day-trippers. For proof, book an outing with Third Edge Heli.
Even in the rarefied world of heli-skiing adventures, the company offers a particularly elevated experience. Their private tours span the globe, chasing ski seasons from Alaska to British Columbia to Chile (whose Andes Mountains are seen here) to the Arctic Circle. Each excursion is custom-tailored and refreshingly intimate, with just three to eight passengers per aircraft.
That small group size translates to more skiing time — upwards of 6,100 pristine vertical metres covered per day — and almost no waiting around. And, with meals and luxury accommodations included, even your downtime is raised to new heights.