With winter underway and the 2022 Winter Olympic Games on the near horizon, it’s probably on your mind to plan your next skiing adventure. Sure, there are plenty of incredible ski spots in the United States and beyond, but what about once-in-a-lifetime experiences? The kind of adventures that stick in your memory forever. Look no further for our top three unforgettable ski excursions.

Speaking of the winter Olympics, U.S. Ski and Snowboard announced that HomeLight, a real estate technology platform, is a title sponsor of the HomeLight Foundation Series. This foundation works as a catalyst to launch the careers of top athletes within winter sports. We hope you get inspired to hit the slopes with your next once-in-a-lifetime ski adventure.

1) Heli Skiing in Canada

Have you always dreamed of skiing untouched landscape? Then heli skiing, in Canada specifically, is a must for you. As the ultimate freeriding adventure, Canada offers some of the best heli skiing around the globe. In fact, 95 percent of all heli skiing done in the world takes place in British Columbia, Canada. 

Not sure if heli skiing is an experience you would enjoy? It’s said that you don’t need to be a stunt skier to enjoy heli skiing, but it is certainly not an adventure for beginners. It’s recommended you are at least a strong intermediate skier or snowboarder to thrive at heli skiing. 

Another factor that makes heli skiing a once-in-a-lifetime type of activity is cost. Prices obviously vary, but packages typically run between $1,000 and $2,500. If you’re interested in private packages the cost is significantly more. 

2) The Magic of Finland

Skiing in Finland is unlike any other ski excursion in the world, which is why we have included it in our top three once-in-a-lifetime ski experiences. Surrounded by exceptionally breathtaking scenery, skiing in the country of Finland offers slopes for all skill levels and much more. Enjoy meeting native animals or go on a sled dog trip.

The real showstopper, take a night ride and look up to the Northern Lights dancing above. 

The resorts in Finland are also much smaller and intimate, with nearly empty slopes and pristine snow conditions, Finland is a trip of a lifetime for the winter sport enthusiast.

3) Powder in Niseko

It’s well known that Japan houses the best powder snow in the world, so skiing in Niseko is certainly a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Surprisingly, Japan offers some of the deepest snow in the world, and Niseko is considered one of the snowiest ski resorts in the globe. 

Terrain is varied for all levels of athletes, and they offer fun main ski runs and thrilling tree runs in the strawberry fields. 

Expect snowy conditions in Niseko (obviously) but if you’re lucky enough to get a clear day, you can marvel at the stunning views of Mount Yotei and even ocean sites for a truly once-in-a-lifetime ski experience.