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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.


  • 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.

  • 3-18-2018
    March 19, 2018

    Today we did not operate due to lingering weather.  Tomorrow 3-19-2018 we will be using an earned Monday to operate in the Tri-Canyon Area and we may use two helicopters in the TCA.  You can expect to see us operating in Cardiff, Days, Silver and White Pine.  We will also be operating in American Fork.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-17-2018
    March 18, 2018

    Today 3-17-2018 we did not operate due to weather.  Tomorrow 3-18-2018 we will not be operating in theTri Canyon area due to our permit closure.  We plan on operating in American Fork.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-16-2018
    March 17, 2018

    Today 3-16-3018 we skied in American Fork as well as Cardiff, Days, and Silver Forks.  We found good skiing throughout the terrain we skied including souths.  Shallow decomposing compressed powder in American Fork.  Cardiff, Days, and Silver had more storm totals.  Tomorrow we will be operating in Cardiff, Days, Silver, and Mineral Forks weather dependent.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801/742-2800.

  • 3-15-2018
    March 16, 2018

    Today 3-15-2018 we did not operate.  A nice reset throughout the central Wasatch with 8-11 inches of high density snow.  Good skiing today.  Tomorrow we will be operating multiple aircrafts throughout multiple drainages.  You can expect to see us in Cardiff, Days, and Silver Forks as well as in American Fork.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-752-2800

  • 3-13-2018
    March 14, 2018

    Today 3-13-2018 we did not operate.  Tomorrow 3-14-18 we have no operations planned.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-12-2018
    March 13, 2018

    Today 3-12-2018 we did not use one of our earned Monday’s to operate in the Tri-Canyon Area and instead flew in American Fork.  Warm temperatures and not a lot of fresh snow is making for some tricky skiing.  Tomorrow 3-13-2018 we will not be operating.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-11-2018
    March 12, 2018

    Today 3-11-2018 we did not operate.  Tomorrow 3-12-2018 we plan on using one of our earned Mondays to operate in the Tri-Canyon Area.  You can expect to see us in White Pine and Mill Creek as well as in the NPC including Cardiff, Days, Silver, and Mineral Forks.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800

  • 3-10-18
    March 11, 2018

    Today we operated one helicopter in Cardiff, Days, Silver, and Mill Creek.  There is still good skiing where cold snow can be found.  Other parts of the compass are variable surface conditions.  Tomorrow we will not be operating in the Tri-Canyon Area due to our permit closure and instead will be in American Fork.  Have fun and be safe.  If you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-9-2018
    March 10, 2018

    Today 3-9-2018 we focused operations throughout the Tri-Canyon Area.  We found good skiing on the narrow cold end of the compass.  Tomorrow 3-10-3018 we will be operating throughout multiple drainages in the TCA including Cardiff, Days, Silver Mineral as well as Mill Creek and White Pine.  Have a good day and if you have any questions give us a call at 801/742-2800.

  • 3-8-2018
    March 9, 2018

    Today 3-8-2018 we operated multiple aircrafts in multiple circuits and found good skiing where the snow remained cold.  We skied throughout the Tri-Canyon Area in Cardiff and Mineral Forks as well as Mill Creek.  We also operated in Box Canyon and American Fork as well as Cascade.  Tomorrow 3-9-3018 we will be spreading operations throughout multiple drainages in the TCA including White Pine, Cardiff, Days, Silver, Mineral, and Mill Creek.  Have a good day and if you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800

  • 3-7-2018
    March 8, 2018

    Today 3-7-2018 we began operations after conducting an explosive testing mission in the Sessions.  Significant results were found.  We skied in American Fork, Cascade, as well as the Tri Canyons throughout multiple drainages including Cardiff and Mill Creek.  We found good skiing in areas where the heat had not effected the snow and surface remained cold.  Tomorrow 3-8-2018 we will be operating throughout multiple drainages using multiple helicopters to reduce our focus in one area.  You can expect to see us in Cascade and American Fork as well as throughout the TCA including Cardiff, Days, and Silver Fork as well as Mill Creek.  Have fun and if you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800

  • Operation Report Update: March 6th, 2018
    March 6, 2018

    Blue skies and smiling faces was the theme of the day as our guests enjoyed near endless fresh tracks. During today’s operations, we used two aircraft in the Tri-Canyon as it enabled us to spread out an minimize our impact on the core drainages. Tomorrow Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 we will be operating multiple aircraft throughout the range. This includes operations in Cardiff, Days, Silver Forks, Mill Creek & Sessions.

  • Operation Report Update: March 5th, 2018
    March 5, 2018

    No operations today as thick clouds preclude visibility and mountaintop landings. Tomorrow Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 we will be operating multiple aircraft throughout the range. This includes operations in American Fork, Cardiff, Days, Silver, Mineral Forks, Mill Creek, White Pine, Cascade & Sessions. Depending on conditions, we may use two aircraft in the Tri-Canyon Area. We will see you out there, and if you have any questions, please give us a call at 801-742-2800, and we will be happy to assist.

  • 3-4-2018
    March 4, 2018

    Today 3-4-2018 we did not operate. Tomorrow 3-5-2018 we will be operating in American Fork and further South in Cascade region. Conditions dependent we may use an earned Monday in the Tri-Canyon and ski in the Cardiff, Days, Silver Forks areas and further North in Mill Creek. Be safe and if you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-3-2018
    March 4, 2018

    Today 3-3-2018 we did not operate.  Tomorrow 3-4-2018 we will be operating in American Fork and further south in Cascade weather dependent.  The storm we have all been talking about is on the door step.  Should be a snowy 24 hours.  Be safe and if you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3-2-2018
    March 3, 2018

    Today 3-2-2018 we did not operate due to strong winds around the range.  Tomorrow 3-3-2016 we are planning on operating throughout the Tri-Canyon Area weather permitting.  We plan to spread operations between multiple drainages including Cardiff, Days, and Silver Fork.  You can also expect another helicopter to be operating in American Fork and further south in Cascade.  Stay safe and if you have any questions give us a call at 801-742-2800.

  • 3/1/2018
    March 2, 2018

    Today 3-1-2018 we did not operate due to weather.  Moderate to strong winds and light snow continued throughout most of the day.  Tomorrow 3-2-2018 weather permitting we will be operating within the Tri-Canyon Area.  You can expect to see us in Cardiff, Days, and Silver Fork.  If you have any questions please call us at 801-742-2800.

  • 2-28-2018
    March 1, 2018

    Today 2-28-2018 we skied in American Fork as well as Cardiff, Days, and Silver Fork.  We found variable ski conditions with wind effect and a bit of heat adding to the multiple array of surface conditions out there.  Tomorrow 3-1-2018 we will be spreading our operations with one helicopter throughout the Tri-Canyon Area.   You can expect to see us operating in Cardiff, Days, Silver, and further north in Mill Creek.  The next storm on the table looks to be significant and is forecasted to provide a decent amount of snow.  Stay safe and if you have any questions please call 801-742-2800.

  • Operation Report Update: Feb. 26th, 2018
    February 26, 2018

    All flights were canceled today as high winds kept our aircraft grounded. Tomorrow February 27th, 2018 we will attempt to operate a single aircraft in the Northern Powder Circuit including Cardiff Fork, Silver Fork, and Days Fork and a second aircraft in the Cascade or Bountiful Sessions Areas.

  • Operation Report Update: Feb. 25th, 2018
    February 25, 2018

    Winter is back in the Wasatch. Today we successfully operated one aircraft in American Fork and a second in the Bountiful Season Areas. Tomorrow February 26th, 2018 we will attempt to operate a single aircraft in American Fork and a second aircraft in the Bountiful Season Areas.

  • Operation Report Update: Feb. 24th, 2018
    February 24, 2018

    Today we attempted to operate one in American Fork and a second in the Northern Powder Circuit. Unfortunately, high winds precluded us from landing and operations we canceled for the day. Tomorrow February 25th, 2018 we will attempt to operate a single aircraft in American Fork and a second aircraft in the Bountiful Session Areas.

  • Operation Report Update: Feb. 23rd, 2018
    February 23, 2018

    No operations today as the snow continues in the Wasatch. Tomorrow February 24th, 2018 we will attempt to operate a single aircraft in the Northern Powder Circuit including Cardiff Fork, Silver Fork, and Days Fork and a second aircraft in American Fork

  • Operation Report Update: Feb. 22nd, 2018
    February 22, 2018

    Today we briefly operated one aircraft in American Fork and a second in the Northern Powder Circuit. With low visibility and an approaching storm front, operations we suspended after a single run. Tomorrow February 23rd, 2018 we will attempt to operate a single aircraft in the Northern Powder Circuit including Cardiff Fork, Silver Fork, and Days Fork. Note with heavy snow in the forecast, it likely that operations will be extremely limited.

  • Operation Report Update: Feb. 21st, 2018
    February 21, 2018

    Today we operated two air crafts, one in American Fork and one in the Northern Powder Circuit. We had a successful day in the backcountry with clear skies and quality skiing. Minimal avalanche conditions but the snow was moving to the heavier side and wind effects were showing on upper slopes. Tomorrow February 22nd, 2018 we will attempt to operate one aircraft in the Northern Powder Circuit including Cardiff Fork, Silver Fork, Days Fork, and Mill Creek. We will also attempt to operate a second aircraft in the Bountiful Sessions.

  • Operation Report Update: Feb. 20th, 2018
    February 20, 2018

    No operations today as steady precipitation limited visibility and flying potential. Tomorrow February 21st, 2018, we will attempt to operate a single aircraft in Cardiff Fork, Silver Fork, and Days Fork and a second aircraft in American Fork.

  • Operation Report Update: Feb. 19th, 2018
    February 19, 2018

    No operations today as heavy precipitation limited visibility and flying potential. Never the less with 16 inches of fresh snow and continued precip throughout the day; storm skiing was in full effect. Tomorrow February 20th, 2018 we will attempt to operate a single aircraft in Cardiff Fork, Silver Fork, and Days Fork. Depending on the weather operations may be shifted to American Fork if the Tri-Canyon area remains socked in!

  • Operation Report Update: Feb. 18th, 2018
    February 18, 2018

    No operations today as a large winter storm entered the region. This evening over a foot of snow is expected in the high country. Tomorrow February 19th, 2018 no operations are planned as the storm is forecasted to persist throughout the day.

  • Operation Report Update: Feb. 17th, 2018
    February 17, 2018

    Smiling faces and powder turns today in American Fork as we enjoyed the last of the bluebird skies prior to this weeks storm. Tomorrow February 18th, 2018 no operations are planned as a large system moves into the area. Let it snow!

  • Operation Report Update: Feb. 16th, 2018
    February 16, 2018

    Great guests and snow today in Cardiff, Silver, and Days Forks. This weeks storm laid down some nice snow and made for excellent skiing conditions in the central Wasatch. Tomorrow, February 17th, 2018 we are planning to operate in American Fork and will be avoiding the Tri-Canyon area if weather permits. Get out and enjoy the snow as winter conditions are back in Utah.

  • Operation Report Update: Feb. 15th, 2018
    February 15, 2018

    No operations today as a classic Utah storm brought double-digit snow totals to the high country. Tomorrow February 16th, 2018 we are planning to operate a single aircraft in Cardiff Fork, Silver Fork, and Days Fork. Enjoy the snow!

  • Operation Report Update: Feb. 14th, 2018
    February 14, 2018

    No operations today as high winds brought in the week’s second storm. With a little luck, we may see double-digit snowfalls in the Central Wasatch. For tomorrow February 15th, 2018 we will attempt to operate a single aircraft in American Fork, however, this will be weather dependent. If weather dictates otherwise, we may visit Cardiff Fork, Silver Fork, Mineral Fork and Days Fork Areas but it is unlikely at this time.

  • Operation Report Update: Feb. 13th, 2018
    February 13, 2018

    Beautiful day in the Wasatch as we shared some great turns in Cardiff Fork. After observing the range, the majority of the week’s snowfall was centralized to the upper elevation and was most prominent in the Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons as other peripheral areas received significantly less accumulation. Tomorrow February 14th, 2018 if weather permits we will attempt to explore some of the farther reaches of our Northerly terrain. We will keep you up to date as AM forecasts come together.

  • Operation Report Update: Feb. 12th, 2018
    February 12, 2018

    No operations today as a nice little storm settled in over the Central Wasatch. Tomorrow February 13th, 2018 we are planning to fly a single aircraft in Mill Creek, Cardiff Fork, Silver Fork, Mineral Fork and Days Fork Areas. With a small group scheduled for tomorrow, we will attempt to pick up a few runs in each drainage to minimize our presence in each area. If weather dictates otherwise, we may shift operations to American Fork, White Pine or The Bountiful Sessions. Hope to see some nice turns out there.

  • Operation Report Update: Feb. 11th, 2018
    February 11, 2018

    We were able to sneak in a full day today in American Fork just before the next storm front entered the region. High winds and snow are expected through the early morning and most of Monday. With a little luck, we will have a nice reset. Tomorrow, February 12th, 2018 we will attempt to fly in American Fork or the Bountiful Sessions if the weather permits. Let it snow!

  • Operation Report Update: Feb. 10th, 2018
    February 10, 2018

    No operations today as the Wasatch Mountains were hit with heavy snow and high winds throughout the day. With a layer of fresh snow, we will attempt to operate one aircraft tomorrow, February 11, 2018. We plan to operate in the Bountiful sessions and the American Fork areas and will be avoiding the Tri-Canyon area.

  • Operation Report Update: Feb. 9th, 2018
    February 9, 2018

    High winds in the Wasatch today but we were able to sneak out a great day in the Tri-Canyon area. Tomorrow, February 10th, 2018, we will be attempting to operate a single aircraft in one of the following areas: American Fork, Bountiful Sessions, Mill Creek, Cardiff Fork, Silver Fork, Mineral Fork and Days Fork Areas. Note with incoming weather and forecasted high winds, flying potential may be limited or unfeasible. We will keep you up to date as operation plans come together. Let it snow!