Expert-only Silverton Mountain in southwestern Colorado has its fair share of die-hard followers—with good reason. It gets stupid amounts of snow, it has steep and alarmingly (in a good way) wild terrain, and the atmosphere is, well, let's just describe it as laid-back.
This mom-and-popper for the adventurous set, however, is poised to gather a few more devotees this season. They just leased their own helicopter and, after successful trial runs last year, are launching a full-blown heli-ski operation.
Now, in addition to skiing the one-lift hike-friendly area with a guide (or without a guide on certain days in December and April) skiers and snowboarders can opt for a heli lift to the peak of their choosing ($159); a full day of heli-skiing on untracked peaks and bowls otherwise unreachable from the area ($999); or a day of heli-accessed ski touring ($320), which includes a drop in the morning, guided touring all day, and a pick-up in the afternoon. Locations dependent on conditions and skier/snowboarder abilities, of course. For more info, go to Silverton Mountain's website.