Valdez, Alaska

Best place to hedge your bets

Heli-skiing Alaska

Heli-skiing Alaska     Photo: Ashley Barker

Alaska’s big, and H20 kept that in mind when it designed its trips. The company, run and owned by world champion skier Dean Cummings, has the largest tenure in North America with some 2.6 million acres at its disposal. That’s almost the size of Connecticut. Book here and you’ll be signing up for six runs a day. Keep in mind that those six runs are AK runs, meaning you’re looking at a leg-melting 20,000 vertical feet by the time you hobble back to the Best Western. And sure, Alaska weather is about as unpredictable as a medieval despot, but all packages now include travel insurance as well as rollover runs—if you only get to ski five runs the first day, you can ski seven runs the next day to meet your daily total of six. ($7,342 for five days, seven nights; H20 Alaska, 907-835-8418; www.alaskahelicopterskiing.com)

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