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Powderbird Helicopter Skiing: Daily Operations Report

Reporting heli-skiing operations in multiple use areas.

Powderbird provides guided access for the general public on specific permitted portions of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. All of our operations occur within multiple use areas that are intended to be shared by a variety of users. In order to facilitate this sharing, Powderbird posts information noting the main drainages in which we will likely operate, as well as areas where we will not be operating. This is in order to help other backcountry users in their decisions.

Although we take dozens of skiers into the backcountry each day, we use multiple helicopters to spread out our operations from Ogden to Provo in order to limit our use of popular and congested areas. We do not operate in Big Cottonwood, Little Cottonwood or Mill Creek Canyons (Tri-Canyon Area) on any Sundays, and most Mondays. Weather permitting, we generally operate at least one helicopter somewhere in the Tri-Canyon Area the other days of the week.

Since 1973, Powderbird has offered some of the most exciting helicopter skiing in Utah and around the world. Our staff and qualified guides work to ensure that you have an amazing time. If you have any questions, please call us at 801-742-2800.


  • 1-17-2019
    January 18, 2019

    Today we did not operate and Tomorrow 1-18-2019 we have no operations planned.  Give us a call at 801-742-2800 with any questions.

  • I-16-2019
    January 17, 2019

    Today we did not operate and tomorrow we have no operations planned.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 1-15-2019
    January 16, 2019

    Today we did not operate due to weather and tomorrow 1-16-2019 we have no operations planned.  A good storm is knocking on our doorstep.  Enjoy the fresh snow and be safe.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • I-14-2019
    January 15, 2019

    Today we operated one helicopter south in Cascade.  We found good settled powder skiing.  Tomorrow 1-15-2019, weather dependent, we will be skiing in Cascade again. If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 1-13-2019
    January 14, 2019

    Today we operated one helicopter in American Fork and another helicopter in Cascade.  We found good shallow settled powder and graupal skiing.  Tomorrow we will be operating one helicopter in Cascade.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 1-12-2019
    January 13, 2019

    Today we skied throughout the TCA as well as Cascade.  Tomorrow 1-13-2019 we will be operating one helicopter in American Fork and another in Cascade.  We will not be operating in the TCA.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 1-11-2019
    January 12, 2019

    Today we operated in American Fork and Whitepine.  Tomorrow 1-12-2019 we will be operating throughout the Tri Canyon Area including Cardiff, Days, Silver, Mineral, and Mill Creek.  We will also be in Cascade.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 1-10-2019
    January 11, 2019

    Today 1-10-2019 we operated in American Fork.  We found good graupal and settled powder skiing.  Stability is improving with good settlement in the storm snow.  Tomorrow 1-11-2019 we will be operating in American Fork and Cascade.  We will also be North, operating around Francis Peak.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 1-9-2019
    January 10, 2019

    Today 1-9-2019 we operated in Cascade.  Tomorrow 1-10-2019 we will be operating 1 helicopter in American Fork and 1 helicopter in Cascade.  You can also expect to see us in Whitepine.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 1-8-2019
    January 9, 2019

    Today 1-8-19 we operated in Cardiff, Days, and Silver Fork.  We also operated in American Fork.  We found good skiing in areas not effected by recent winds.  Tomorrow 1-9-2019 we will be skiing in American Fork and Cascade.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 1-7-2019
    January 8, 2019

    Today we did not operate.  Tomorrow 1-8-2019 we will be operating throughout the TCA focusing our skiing in multiple drainages including Cardiff, Days, and Silver Fork.  We will also be taking a helicopter to American Fork and Cascade with a small group.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 1-6-2019
    January 7, 2019

    Today we did not operate and tomorrow 1-7-2019 we have no operations planned.  Be safe and enjoy the storm skiing today!  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 1/5/2019
    January 6, 2019

    Today 1-5-2019 we operated 1 helicopter south in Cascade.  We did not operate in the TCA and instead operated in the periphery and earned a future Monday to operate in the TCA.  Tomorrow 1-6-2019 we have no operations planned.  A descent looking forecast through Monday for snow.  Enjoy the new snow and if you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 1/4/2019
    January 5, 2019

    Today we operated Throughout the Tri-Canyon Area including Mill Creek as well as north of I80 in the Sessions.  Tomorrow 1-5-2019 we have one helicopter flying a group south to Cascade.  We will not be in the TCA and we are planning on earning a future Monday.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 1-3-2019
    January 4, 2019

    Today 1-3-2018 we operated in American Fork and White Pine.  We found good skiing in areas with minimal wind effect.  Tomorrow 1-4-2019 we will be operating one helicopter throughout the Tri-Canyon Area in multiple drainages including Cardiff, Days, Silver, and Mill Creek.  Another helicopter will be flying north into the Sessions with a small group.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 1/2/2019
    January 3, 2019

    Today we operated in multiple drainages in the TCA, focusing our skiing in Days and Cardiff Fork.  Tomorrow 1/3/2019 we will be skiing in Whitepine and American Fork using one helicopter to fly a small group.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 1/1/2019
    January 2, 2019

    Today 1/1/2019 we operated in American Fork and Cascade.  One ship also flew a small group in Cardiff and Mineral Fork.  We did not use two helicopters in the TCA.  Tomorrow 1/2/2019 we will be taking one helicopter Throughout the Tri Canyon Area and skiing throughout multiple drainages including Cardiff, Days, Silver, and Mill Creek.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-752-2800.

  • 12/31/2018
    January 1, 2019

    Today we did not operate due to lingering moisture and weather around the range.  Tomorrow 1/1/2019 we will be operating two helicopters with small groups skiing in American Fork and throughout the Tri-Canyon Area.  You can expect to see two helicopters in the TCA tomorrow.  Happy new year and if you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 12/30/2018
    December 31, 2018

    Today 12/28/2018 we did not operate due to weather.  Tomorrow 12/31/2018 weather dependent we will be operating one helicopter and multiple groups throughout American Fork.  We will not be operating in the TCA.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800

  • 12-29-2018
    December 30, 2018

    Today 12/29/2018 we had to pull the plug on our operation due to lingering moisture and lack of clearing in the range.  We did not earn a future Monday.  Tomorrow 12/30/2018 we will not be operating in the TCA and instead you can expect to see us in American Fork weather dependent.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 12/28/2018
    December 29, 2018

    Today 12/28/2018 we operated throughout the TCA including Cardiff, Days, and Mill Creek.  We also had a helicopter fly north to the Sessions and a helicopter fly south to Casscade.  Throughout the TCA and the Sessions we found good skiing in wind protected areas.  There was a lot of wind damage from the easterly winds.  Down South there was less wind effect and the skiing was very good.  Tomorrow 12/29/2018 we will not be skiing in the Tri-Canyon Area and instead we will be giving up a Saturday to earn a future Monday.  Instead you can expect to see us in American Fork and Cascade.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 12/27/2018
    December 27, 2018

    Today 12/27/2018 we did not operate due to weather.  Tomorrow 12/28/2018 we will be operating 3 helicopters throughout our permitted terrain.  One helicopter will be taking skiers north to the Sessions.  Another helicopter will be operating throughout the Tri-Canyon Area and you can expect to see us in Cardiff, Days, and Silver Fork as well as Mill Creek.  Lastly a helicopter will be flying south to American Fork and Cascade.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 12/26/2018
    December 26, 2018

    Today 12/26/2018 we did not operate due to weather.  Tomorrow 12/27/2018 we will have one helicopter operating throughout the NPC spreading operations between multiple drainages including Cardiff, Days, and Silver Fork.  We will also have one helicopter flying south into Cascade.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 12/25/2018
    December 26, 2018

    Today 12/25/2018 we did not operate due to lingering weather.  Tomorrow we have plans to operate one helicopter and a small group south in American Fork and Cascade.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 12/24/2018
    December 25, 2018

    Merry Christmas.  Today 12/24/2018 we did not operate.  Tomorrow 12/25 /2018 we may operate throughout American Fork and Cascade with a small group utilizing one helicopter.  We will update with any changes to our plan.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.  Happy holidays!

  • 12/23/2018
    December 24, 2018

    Today 23/23/2018 we did not operate in the TCA due to our closure on Sundays.  Instead we operated one helicopter in American Fork and one helicopter in Cascade.  Tomorrow 13/24/2018 we have no operations planned.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 12/22/2018
    December 23, 2018

    Today 12/22/2018 we operated one helicopter and a small group in American Fork and earned a future Monday to operate in the Tri-Canyon Area.  Tomorrow 12/23/2018 we will not be operating in the Tri Canyon Area due to the Sunday closure.  Instead you can expect to see us operating 1 helicopter in American Fork and 1 helicopter further south in Cascade.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • Update 12/22/2018
    December 22, 2018

    Today 12/22/2018 we are planning on operating.  Onr helicopter will be taking a small group to American Fork and further south to Cascade.  In doing this, as per our permit, we will be giving up a Saturday operating in NPC and earning a future Monday.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800

  • 12/21/2018
    December 22, 2018

    Today 12/21/2018 we did not operate.  Tomorrow 12/22/2018 we have no operations planned.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 12/20/2018
    December 21, 2018

    Today 12/20/2018 we operated one helicopter flying one group south in American Fork.  They found good skiing on settled powder and some recent graupal especially where supportable structure exists.  Another helicopter flew a scenic lift.  Tomorrow 12/21/2018 we have no operations planned.  A few brush by systems into the area this weekend and hopefully more persistent storm pattern will hit the area around Christmas.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800

  • 12/19/2018
    December 20, 2018

    Today we wrapped up our mobile operations recon and training with our team at the South Fork Lodge up Chaulk Creek in the Uinta Mountains.  Tomorrow 12/20/2018 we will have one helicopter taking a group of skiers throughout American Fork.  You can also expect to see us in Snake Creek and White Pine as well.  We will have another helicopter taking a scenic lift around the range.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 12/17/2018
    December 18, 2018

    Today 22/17/2018 we flew Snowbird Patrol to conduct avy control in their resort.  We did end up flying and dropping a lift of guides at the Powerline LZ in order to perform maintenance on the Cardiff Peak communication repeater.  Tomorrow 12/18/2018 we will be taking off from LCC and flying to the Unitas with a guide team where we will be conducting remote training in private land at the South Fork Lodge for the next couple of days.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 12/16/2018
    December 17, 2018

    Today 12/16/18 we did not operate.  Tomorrow 12/17/18 we will begin the day with two lifts of Snowbird patrol and we will be taking them to the White Pine ridge line so they can access their terrain to conduct avalanche control work.  That is all we have planned but if anything changes we will update you.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 12/15/2018
    December 16, 2018

    Today 12/14/2018 we did not operate.  Tomorrow 12/15/2018 we have no operations planned.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 12/14/2018
    December 14, 2018

    Today 12/14/2018 Powderbird conducted pilot recon throughout the Tri-Canyon Area and in our periphery terrain including American Fork.  We looked at terrain, flight paths, and performed landings in select spots.  Tomorrow 12/15/2018 we have no plans for operations.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • Beginning of the 2018/19 season
    December 13, 2018

    Welcome back to winter.  Powderbird has completed our annual, beginning of the season, training.  Tomorrow 12-14-2018 we will be doing pilot recon throughout our permitted area and you can expect to see us flying throughout multiple areas and we will be landing in the backcountry with the helicopter but not skiing.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • End of 2017/18 Season
    April 2, 2018

    We wrapped up the season today with our last few flights out of American Fork.  We would like to thank all of our clients that flew with us this year in Utah.  We are just beginning our Greenland trips right now.  Have a great spring and summer and we look forward to skiing with you next year.  This blog is a tool to provide multi user groups with the information on our planned operations in the Wasatch and helps facilitate better sharing of these multi use areas.  Thank you for reading and using this blog to help in these efforts.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-31-2018
    April 1, 2018

    Today we did not operate and tomorrow 4-1-2018 you will see us flying in American Fork as we shuttle a group out of the field and back to LCC.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-30-2018
    March 31, 2018

    Today we flew 3 scenic flights for the Alta school kids.  We did land at the head of Cardiff Fork 2 Times to give those kids a taste of what we do as well as a good view from the helicopter.  We also flew three lifts and dropped them in American Fork.  Tomorrow 3-31-2018 we have no operations planned.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-29-2018
    March 30, 2018

    Today we dude not operate.  Tomorrow 3-30-2018 you will see our helicopter flying while we do some shuttle rides in American Fork.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800

  • 3-28-2018
    March 28, 2018

    Today 3-28-2018 we did not operate and tomorrow we have no operations planned.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-27-2018
    March 28, 2018

    Today 3-27-2018 we operated in Cardiff and Days Fork.  We nice shallow powder skiing with the heat effecting the solar aspects later in the day.  Tomorrow 3-28-2018 we have no operations planned.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-26-2018
    March 26, 2018

    Today we did not operate and did not use an earned Monday to ski in the Tri Canyon Area.  Th moisture and clouds stuck around longer than expected.  Tomorrow 3-27-2018 we will be operating in the TCA including Cardiff, Days, Silver, and Mineral Forks.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-25-2018
    March 26, 2018

    Today 3-25-2018 we did not operate.  Tomorrow 3-26-3018 we plan on using an earned Monday to operate in the Tri Canyon Area.  You can expect to see us in Cardiff, Days, and Silver Forks.  If we change planes and end up going to American Fork instead we will keep you updated.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-24-2018
    March 25, 2018

    Today 3-24-2018 we did no operate due to strong winds and incoming weather.  Tomorrow 3-25-2018 we have no operations planned.  Let’s hope for a decent reset with the storm Sunday through Monday.  Temperatures look to be on the colder side which is a positive.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-23-3018
    March 24, 2018

    Today we did not operate due to lingering weather.  Tomorrow 3-24-2018 we will be operating throughout multiple drainages in the Tri-Canyon Area including Cardiff, Days, Silver, Mineral, and Mill Creek.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-22-2018
    March 23, 2018

    Today we did not operate and tomorrow 3-23-2018 we have no operations planned.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800

  • 3-21-2018
    March 22, 2018

    Today we did not operate and tomorrow 3-22-2018 we have no operations planned.  Another storm is on the way through the end of the week.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-20-2018
    March 20, 2018

    Today 3-20-2018 we operated in American Fork.  We were also in Cardiff and Mineral Forks.  We found good skiing where the settled powder from the previous storm remained cold and protected.  Tomorrow you can expect to see us operating in the TCA utilizing multiple drainages including White Pine and Mill Creek as well as Cardiff, Days, Silver, and Mineral Forks.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-19-2018
    March 20, 2018

    Today 3-19-2018 we did use an earned Monday to operate in the Tri-Canyon Area.  We did not use two helicopters in the Tri-Canyon Area.  One Helicopter flew multiple groups in Cardiff, Days, Silver, and White Pine.  Another helicopter flew multiple groups in American Fork.  Tomorrow 3-20-2018 we will be operating throughout the TCA utilizing multiple drainages to spread operations.  You can expect to see us in Cardiff, Days, Silver, and Mineral.  We will also be in Mill Creek and White Pine.  You can also expect to see us in American Fork.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.