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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.


  • Operation Report Update: Jan. 13th, 2018
    January 13, 2018

    We received a nice high-density storm this past week. Tomorrow morning we will be launching a guide recon team to check on conditions in the American Fork, Cascade and Bountiful Session regions.  If conditions and snow coverage are adequate, limited commercial operations may begin in these areas.  Stay tuned and we will keep you updated as backcountry conditions improve.

  • Operation Report Update: Dec. 15th, 2017
    December 15, 2017

    With current conditions in the backcountry, Powderbird is delaying commercial operations until conditions improve. We are hoping to see a pattern change later in the month that will bring in the storms we need. A weak system this weekend should bring about 4 inches of snow to the Cottonwoods and another one later next week which is a step in the right direction. We will keep you posted on our plan to begin commercial operations.

  • Beginning of 2017/2018 Season
    November 21, 2017

    Welcome back to winter and we hope everyone is looking forward to the season ahead. The first half of December we will be conducting our annual guide training where we will be practice our medical, avalanche, and rescue skills in preparation of the upcoming season. We plan on beginning commercial operations December 15th, conditions permitting.

    Once we begin commercial operations this blog will be updated daily with information on where we skied that day and notes on conditions in the backcountry as well as where we intend to ski the following day. The blog is intended to be used as a information and planning tool to better inform the multiple user groups enjoying the Wasatch backcountry. We hope everyone has a great season and stay safe. We look forward to seeing you and if you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

    To review our archived operations report from previous years, click here.