The portion of Americans who currently have passports. By January 8, 2007, anyone returning from Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean by plane or boat will be required to hold one. By 2008, all returning Americans will need passports to reenter.
Each year, a handful of pros step down from their helicopters to teach steep- and powder-skiing clinics at resorts across the U.S.
Snowbird, Utah's four-day DEAN CUMMINGS Big Mountain Skiing and Snowboarding Camp, January 19 and February 1 and 5, taught by the 1995 extreme-skiing world champion. $1,695, including one day heli-skiing; snowbird.com
Jackson Hole, Wyoming's four-day Steep and Deep Ski Camp, January 11 and 25, February 8, and March 8, led by Olympic downhill gold medalist TOMMY MOE. $860; jacksonhole.com
Monarch Mountain, Colorado's aptly named Cat Skiing with a Legend, SCOT SCHMIDT, in mid-March. $220; skimonarch.com
Neither we nor Hotel Thingholt's designers could wait for the daylight of spring to bring you Iceland's next great accompaniment to glaciers, hot springs, and slate-blue rivers. Opened this winter, Thingholt, housed in a renovated printing factory in Reykjavík's trendy oceanside 101 neighborhood, infuses traditionally minimalist Nordic design with tactile elements like a waterfall in the lobby and walnut-finished sinks. "The style is all about bringing nature into the space," says the project's creative director, Gulla Jónsdóttir. Inside the rooms, you'll find hand-stitched cotton, black leather floors, and toiletries made with the mineral-rich waters of the nearby Blue Lagoon geothermal springs. And outside? The subarctic nightlife literally never stops. From $193; 011-354-595-8500, centerhotels.is
Twenty-five new miles of singletrack, stretching south from Saguaro National Park, near Tucson, open this season as part of the nearly complete 800-mile Arizona Trail. When the remaining 57 miles are finished, mountain bikers will be able to link Utah to Mexico. aztrail.org