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