Perhaps the only thing better than carving the first tracks in fresh powder is not having to wait for a gondola up the mountain. This ski season, why not skip the long lift lines at the ski resorts and go heli-skiing instead? Whether you’re a pro in the powder or just looking to change up your standard ski routine, check out our Forbes Travel Guide team’s picks for some great heli-skiing adventures in North America that will send you soaring above—and skiing down—snow-covered mountains.
With access to the San Juan Mountains—one of the few places to heli-ski in Colorado—Telluride Helitrax takes skiing to new heights, about 13,500 feet up in the air. You’ll have access to more than 200 square miles of some of the best skiable terrain in the country with vertical drops as high as 3,000 feet. If your plans take you to the slopes in Aspen, Vail or Beaver Creek, Helitrax offers chartered flights to Telluride that will have you back before happy hour so you can experience the après ski scene, too.
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