A helicopter drops off a skier on a peak in Riksgransen, Sweden, the world's northernmost ski resort. Heli-skiing is offered in packages of one to three runs -- the latter the most economical; 1,395 kronor (about $167) to 2,195 kronor (about $260). The season runs from mid-February until the end of June, when you can ski under a midnight sun.
From a new hotel in Vail to gliding down Austria's luxurious slopes, see some of the highlights of the upcoming ski season. Left, the iconic Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland. Gliding down the town's surrounding pale blue glaciers and nearly 200 miles of marked trails is the essence of skiing.