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When Doug Coombs opened Valdez Heli Ski Guides in 1993, it was the first heli-ski outfitter in Alaska. Now owned and operated by Scott Raynor, VHSG has access to over 2,500 square miles of glaciated terrain, with one run as long as 6,200 vertical feet (it's called the Diamond, and if you're lucky, you'll get to ski off the top). You can book single-day packages starting at $925 (for six runs) or all-inclusive weeklong packages from $7,640. Find out more or book a trip at Valdezheliskiguides.com.

Valdez Heli-Ski Guides

Do whatever it takes: refinance your home, sell your kidney, get a telemarketing job. But at some point in your life, you need to go heli-skiing in Alaska. Here are photos from a day with Valdez Heli-Ski Guides—to show you why it's worth saving for.

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South American Photo Camp

Image Quest gives aspiring ski photographers a chance to shoot in real-world conditions with some of the industry's best photographers. Here are some photos from past camps.

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What Ski Guides Carry

This is the gear Arc'teryx athlete and ACMG assistant ski guide, Christina Lustenberger, trusts for long days of ski guiding in the hills. Photos by Bruno Long.

To read updates on this expedition, go to skiingmag.com/antarctica.

Ushuaia, Argentina (Gallery)

En route to Antarctica, the crew spends some time at the tip of the world: Ushuaia, Argentina. Here are some photos from photographer Keoki Flagg and writer Sam Bass.

Lead guide Zahan Billimoria drops knowledge. Photo © 2013 by David Stubbs.

Big-Mountain Grad School

At Exum Mountain Guides’ Live to Ski Camp, experienced backcountry skiers learn the skills to tackle challenging, complex terrain.