North Cascade Heli-skiing, a wonderful little operation in far northern Washington, is offering a good rate for early-season, chopper-assisted, backcountry skiing and riding.

You can play for three days in North Cascades' 300,000 acres of accessible terrain - with 36,000 feet of vertical, guaranteed daily - and bunk down for three nights at the Freestone Lodge in Mazama, Wash., for $2,100. There's also a single-day option for $750. These rates are good from Dec. 26-Jan. 18; after that they go up to $2,550 and $925, respectively.

Visit North Cascade's Program Rates page for more information.