Park City, Utah
If you can hold off until winter to make your escape, a trip to Park City, Utah is worth the wait. Don’t get us wrong: This luxe mountain town is a great getaway in the summer with laid-back itinerary options, like fly fishing on the Provo River or scuba diving in the geothermal wonder of Homestead Crater, a 55-foot-tall, beehive-shaped rock. (You can also easily spend a day drinking at High West Distillery.) Come winter, though, feel your blood rush through your veins by booking a helicopter to personally deliver you, and your entourage to the backcountry. While approaching the remote slopes, you’ll get a bird’s-eye view of mountain crags and the runs that will be exclusive to you. Once there, you can ski thousands of vertical feet in a day on untouched, fluffy snow.
How to blow $3,120 in Park City, Utah: A premium heli-ski trip with Powderbird starts at $1,260 a person. Continue to do it big on this trip by booking a couple of nights in one of the dozen suites and rooms at the Washington School House (about $850 a night during the peak winter season). Surrounded by Park City’s restaurants, this schoolhouse-turned-boutique hotel was renovated with oak barn wood floors and locally quarried Utah quartzite.