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Days of Heli-Heaven


Heli-skiing is addictive. These resort-based outfitters let you take it one day at a time.

Ahhh, a week of heli-skiing-the ultimate ski dream. You roll out of bed, climb aboard your personal lift, and spend day after day getting first tracks in your own private wilderness. Whoa, reality check! With the classic heli adventure running several grand, that week of dreams could easily cost you a year's rent. That's why resort-based heli-skiing-going for a single day during a regular ski vacation-is such a great idea. You can try it without breaking the bank. Be forewarned, though. Once you've gotten a taste, you'll probably decide you deserve that full-week, full-meal deal. (Rent? What rent?) Until then, the following outfitters are dishing up single-day servings of heaven right now:

DIAMOND PEAKS HELI-SKI ADVENTURES, OGDEN, UTAH
Diamond Peaks covers the high country around the Ogden Valley. They offer single rides ($140) and doorstep pick-up from several nearby properties. 6 runs, $550 plus tax; 801-745-4631, www.diamondpeaks.com

HIGH MOUNTAIN HELI-SKIING, TETON VILLAGE, WYOMING
High Mountain offers Jackson-style skiing on an even larger scale. Look for the new office in the Renaissance Hotel in Teton Village. 6 runs, $550; 307-733-3274, www.heliskijackson.com

PURCELL HELICOPTER SKIING, GOLDEN, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Purcell Helicopter Skiing draws skiers from Banff and Lake Louise and tends toward "less demanding skiing at a more relaxed pace." 3 runs, C$495 plus tax; 877-HELI-SKI, www.purcellhelicopterskiing.com

R.K. HELI-SKI, PANORAMA, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Walking distance from Panorama's lifts, R.K. flies into some of B.C.'s most spectacular wilderness. Packages include rentals, meals, and taxes. 3 runs, C$599 (5 runs, C$699); 800-661-6060, www.rkheliski.com

SUN VALLEY HELI SKI, SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
Sun Valley Heli Ski charges by the vertical foot ($5.50 per 100 feet) allowing for a more customized experience. 10,000 feet, $550 plus tax; 800-872-3108, www.svheliski.com

TELLURIDE HELITRAX, TELLURIDE, COLORADO
Helitrax flies amid the highest concentration of 14,000 footers in the lower 48. With a guest-to-guide ratio of three to one, it's like having a private wilderness. 5 runs, $650; 800-831-6230, www.helitrax.com

WASATCH POWDERBIRD GUIDES, SNOWBIRD, UTAH
WPG mines freshies-up to 500 inches a year-in the heart of the Wasatch. Offering standard and custom trips, they also fly from Park City. 7 runs, $595 plus tax; 877-WPGHELI, www.heliskiwasatch.com

WHISTLER HELI-SKIING, WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
This outfit accesses some of the most glacier-rich terrain on the continent. It welcomes all ability levels. 3 runs, C$495-$515 (6 runs, C$735-$755); 888-HELI-SKI, www.whistlerheliskiing.com

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