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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.


  • 5-2-2019
    May 3, 2019

    Today we operated in Cascade and tomorrow 5-3-2019 we plan on using our third day after April 15th to operate in Cascade.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 5-2-2019
    May 1, 2019

    Tomorrow Thur 5-2-2019 we will be using our second of a potential 5 days of operations post April 15th as per our permit.  You can expect to see us with one helicopter in American Fork and Cascade.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 4-17-2019
    April 17, 2019

    Today 4-17-2019 we operated one helicopter in Cardiff Fork.  We used 1 of our operating days after the 15th.  Tomorrow 4-18-2019 we have no operations planned.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 4-16-2019
    April 17, 2019

    Today we did not operate.  Tomorrow 4-17-2019 we will use one of our five days after April 15th to operate within the Wasatch Cache National Forest.  You can expect to see us with one helicopter in Cardiff, Days, Silver, and Mineral Fork.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 4-14-2019
    April 15, 2019

    Today we did not operate and tomorrow 4-15-2019 we will not be operating.  As per our permit we do have 5 days after the 15th we can operate within our permitted area and we plan on using those 5 days this year.  We will be updating the blog whenever those days are used.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-14-2019
    April 14, 2019

    Today we did not operate due to lingering moisture.  We did not earn our last Monday.  Tomorrow 4-14-2019 we will be operating one helicopter in American Fork.  We will not be in the TCA due to the Sunday closure.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 4-12-2019
    April 13, 2019

    Today we did not operate.  Tomorrow 4-13-2019 we will be operating in American Fork and throughout the Tri-Canyon Area focusing our operations throughout multiple drainages including Cardiff, Days, Silver, and Mineral Fork.  We will also be flying up North in and around Francis Peak.  We may give up a Saturday of operations in the TCA to earn a future Monday.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 4-11-2019
    April 12, 2019

    Today we did not operate and tomorrow 4-12-2019 we have no operations planned.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 4-10-2019
    April 11, 2019

    Today we did not operate.  Tomorrow 4-11-2019 we may operate in Francis Peak, using one helicopter.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 4-9-2019
    April 10, 2019

    Today we did not operate and tomorrow 4-10-2019 we have no operations planned.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 4-8-2019
    April 9, 2019

    Today we operated in American Fork.  Tomorrow 4-9-2019 we have no operations planned.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 4-7-2019
    April 8, 2019

    Today we operated in American Fork and tomorrow 4-8-2019 we will be operating again in American Fork.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 4-7-19
    April 8, 2019

    Today (4-7-19) we operated with one aircraft in American Fork Canyon.  Tomorrow (4-8-19) we also plan on having one aircraft in American Fork Canyon.  We will not be operating in the Tri-Canyon Area.  Call us with any questions (801)742-2800.

  • 4-6-19
    April 6, 2019

    Today (4-6-19) we did not operate.  Tomorrow (4-7-19) we plan on having one aircraft in the American Fork circuit.  We will not be operating in the Tri-Canyon Area.  Give us a call with any questions (801)742-2800.

  • 4-5-19
    April 5, 2019

    Yesterday (4-4-19) we operated in Cardiff, American Fork, and the Francis Peak area.  Today (4-5-19) we did not operate due to conditions.  We do not plan to operate tomorrow (4-6-19). Our next likely day of operation will be this Sunday (4-7-19).

    As we move into April and we operate less frequently due to conditions and demand, we will only update this blog when we plan to heli-ski in our permitted terrain.  Call us with any questions (801)742-2800.

  • 3-30-19
    March 31, 2019

    Today (3-30-19) we operated in Cardiff and Mineral Fork.  Tomorrow (3-31-19) we will be operating in American Fork and an Alpine Tour in Red Pine, Maybird, and Hogum.  We will have a second aircraft in the Francis Peak area.  Call us with any questions (801)742-2800.

  • 3-29-19
    March 29, 2019

    Today (3-29-19) we did not operate due to weather.  Tomorrow (3-30-19) we plan on operating in Cardiff, Mineral, Silver, Days, and possibly Mill Creek or White Pine.  We may elect to give up our third Saturday in the TCA and operate in American Fork.  We plan to have a second aircraft in the Francis Peak area. Call us with any questions (801)742-2800.

  • 3-28-19
    March 28, 2019

    Yesterday (3-27-19) and today (3-28-19) we did not fly due to conditions.  Our next likely day of operation will be on Saturday (3-30-19) after this storm system moves through.  We will update if we plan to operate tomorrow (3-29-19)  Call us with any questions.

  • 3-25-19
    March 26, 2019

    Today (3-25-19) we operated one aircraft in the Bountiful Sessions and one aircraft in American Fork.  Tomorrow (3-26-19) we will have a small group alpine tour in the Lone Peak Wilderness, and a single aircraft in the Northern Powder Circuit.  Expect to see groups in White Pine, Cardiff, Mineral, Silverfork, Days Fork, and potentially Mill Creek Canyon.  Call us with any questions (801)742-2800

  • 3-24-2019
    March 25, 2019

    Today we did not operate due to weather.  Tomorrow 3-25-2019 we plan on operating in American Fork and the Sessions.  We will not be in the TCA.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-24-19
    March 24, 2019

    Today (3-24-19) we did not operate due to weather. Tomorrow (3-25-19) we plan on operating in the American Fork and Sessions circuits.  We will not be operating in the Tri-Canyon area.  Give us a call with any questions (801)742-2800.

  • 3-23-2019
    March 24, 2019

    Today we did not operate due to weather.  Tomorrow 3-24-2019 we will be operating in multiple circuits including American Fork and the Sessions.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

     

  • 3-22-2019
    March 23, 2019

    Today we did not operate.  Tomorrow 3-23-2019 we may give up a Saturday in the TCA to gain a future Monday.  Instead we will be operating in the Sessions and American Fork.  If our plans change and we do go into the TCA we will update.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800

  • 3/21/2019
    March 22, 2019

    Today we did not operate.  Tomorrow 3-22-2019 we will be operating in the Sessions as well as throughout the TCA.  We may use two helicopters in the TCA.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-20-2019
    March 21, 2019

    Today we operated in Francis Peak.  Tomorrow 3-21-2019 we have no operations planned.

  • 3-19-2019
    March 20, 2019

    Today we operated in Cascade.  Tomorrow 2-20-2019 we will be operating in Francis Peak.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-18-19
    March 19, 2019

    Today we operated in the Sessions and Cascade.  Tomorrow 3-19-2019 we will be operating in Cascade.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-17-2019
    March 18, 2019

    Today we operated in American Fork, Cascade, and the Sessions.  Tomorrow we will be operating in Cascade and the Sessions.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-16-2019
    March 17, 2019

    Today we operated in American Fork, the Sessions, and throughout the TCA, spreading our operations to Mill Creek.  Tomorrow 3-17-2019 you can expect to see us in Cascade, American Fork, and the Sessions.  We will not be in the TCA.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-15-2019
    March 16, 2019

    Today we operated in the Sessions, Cascade, and throughout the NPC including Cardiff, Days, and Mineral.  Tomorrow 3-16-19 we will be flying in the Sessions, American Fork, and Cardiff, Days, Silver, Mineral, and Mill Creek.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-14-2019
    March 15, 2019

    Today we did not operate due to lingering weather.  Tomorrow 3-15-2019 we will be operating in American Fork, Cascade,and the Sessions.  You can also expect to see us in multiple drainages throughout the TCA, focusing operations in Cardiff, Days, Silver, and Mineral Fork. If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-13-2019
    March 14, 2019

    Today we did not fly due to weather.  Tomorrow 3-14-2019 we will be operating in American Fork, the Sessions, and throughout the TCA including Cardiff, Days, Silver, and Mineral Fork.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-11-2019
    March 12, 2019

    Today we operated in American Fork and the Sessions.  Tomorrow 3-12-2019 we will be operating in American Fork, Cascade and the Sessions.  You can also expect to see us throughout the TCA.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-10-2019
    March 11, 2019

    Today we did not operate due to weather.  Tomorrow 3-11-2019 we will be operating in American Fork and the Sessions.  We will not be in the TCA.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-9-2019
    March 10, 2019

    Today we pulled the plug on operations due to weather.  Tomorrow 3-10-2019 we will not be operating in the TCA due to Sunday closure.  Instead we will be operating in American Fork and the Sessions.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-8-2019
    March 9, 2019

    Today we did not operate due to weather.  Tomorrow 3-9-2019 we have plans of operating in American Fork, the Sessions, In and around Francis Peak, and throughout the TCA.  We will be spreading our TCA operations between multiple drainages including Cardiff, Days, Silver, and Mineral.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-7-219
    March 8, 2019

    Today we did not operate due to weather.  Tomorrow 3-7-2019, weather dependent, you can expect to see us in the Sessions, American Fork, and throughout the TCA including Cardiff, Days, Silver, Mineral, Mill Creek, and White Pine.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-6-2019
    March 7, 2019

    Today 3-6-2019 we did not operate due to weather.  Tomorrow 3-7-2019 you can expect to see us in American Fork, the Sessions, and Cardiff, Days, Silver, and Mineral Fork.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-5-2019
    March 6, 2019

    Today we operated in the Sessions, Francis Peak, and throughout the TCA including Cardiff, Days, Mineral.  Tomorrow 3-6-2019 we will be operating in American Fork, the Sessions, and throughout the Tri Canyon Area.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-4-2019
    March 5, 2019

    Today we operated in American Fork and the Sessions.  We found good skiing but active wind loading and wind effect on the lee sides of ridges as well as warming on the solars.  Tomorrow 3-5-2019 we will begin the day by bumping a few lifts of Snowbird patrol to the White Pine ridgeline.  We will continue the day by operating one helicopter in the Sessions  and one helicopter in and around Francis Peak.  You can also expect to see us in American Fork and throughout the TCA, spreading operations between multiple drainages including White Pine, Mill Creek, Cardiff, Days, Silver, and Mineral Fork.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-3-2019
    March 4, 2019

    Today we did not operate due to weather.  Tomorrow 3-4-2019 we will be operating in American Fork, Snake Creek, and the Sessions.  We will not be in the TCA.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-2-2019
    March 3, 2019

    Today we did not operate due to weather.  Tomorrow 3-3-2019 we plan on operating one helicopter in the Sessions,  a second and third helicopter will be in American Fork and Cascade.  We will not be operating in the TCA due to Sunday closure.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-1-2019
    March 2, 2019

    Today we operated in the Sessions and American Fork.  We also operated in the TCA including Cardiff, Days, and Mineral Fork.  We did not operate two helicopters in the TCA.  Tomorrow 3-2-2019 we may earn our last Monday for the season by not operating in the TCA and instead taking one helicopter into American Fork and another into the Sessions.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • Update 3-1-2019
    March 1, 2019

    Today 3-1-2019 we may use two helicopters in the TCA. If you have any questions give us a call at 801-752-2800.

  • 2-28-2019
    March 1, 2019

    Today we operated in Cardiff and Mineral Fork as well as the Sessions.  We did not use two helicopters in the TCA.  Tomorrow 3-1-2019 we will be operating in the Sessions and Cascade.  We will also be in Cardiff, Days, Silver, and Mineral Fork.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 2-28-2019 Update
    February 28, 2019

    Today 2-28 we may use two helicopters in the TCA.  You can also expect to see us in Lambs.

  • 2-27-2019
    February 28, 2019

    Today we did not operate due to strong winds and precip. in the afternoon.  Tomorrow 2-28-2019 we plan on operating in the Sessions and American Fork.  You can also expect to see us throughout the TCA including White Pine, Mill Creek, Cardiff, Days, Silver, and Mineral Fork. If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 2-26-2019
    February 27, 2019

    Today we got one group into American Fork after the winds settled down a bit.  Tomorrow 2-27-2019 we will be operating one helicopter in American Fork, one helicopter in the Sessions, and a third throughout the TCA focusing in Cardiff, Days, Silver, and Mineral Fork.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 2-25-2019
    February 26, 2019

    Today 2-25-2019 we operated in American Fork for a weather shortened day.  Tomorrow 2-26-2019 we plan on operating one helicopter in the Sessions.  Another helicopter will be in American Fork and Cascade.  A third will be in Cardiff, Days, Silver, and Mineral Fork.  You can also expect to see us in White Pine and Mill Creek.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 2-24-2019
    February 25, 2019

    Today we operated in American Fork, Cascade, and the Sessions.  We found good skiing where we were.  Tomorrow 2-25-2019 we plan on operating in the Sessions and in American Fork.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-752-2800.