1st photo: Kettler Thomas, @Ketler_ 2nd photo: Eric Sales, @esalesski 3rd photo: Lance Koudele
Are you looking to check off a bucket list experience on your next visit to Stein Eriksen Lodge? Look no further than Powderbird heliskiing. Accessing over 170,000 acres of skiable terrain throughout the beautiful Wasatch, Powderbird, and their knowledgeable and skilled guides are ready to take you on some of the best runs of your life right here in Utah. A convenient shuttle will take you directly from the Lodge to Powderbird's Park City heliport ensuring a seamless start to your perfect day.
History and Location
Powderbird first opened in 1973, operating as Wasatch Powderbird Guides, in the dirt parking lot of Alta Ski Resort. Today, they run out of two base facilities, one in Little Cottonwood Canyon at the base of Snowbird Resort and one near Historic Park City. Their location here in Park City offers guests complimentary breakfast, lunch, and beverages as well as a retail store where you can purchase Smith Goggles, Hestra Gloves, The North Face clothing, and other gear for your day of skiing in the backcountry.
Utah, home to “The Greatest Snow on Earth,” is famous for its fluffy and bottomless powder. This is all thanks to lake effect storms. With their ability to access an incredible amount of terrain, Powderbird can get you on fresh and deep runs during your flights. If your trip happens to coincide with one of these storms and the helicopters aren’t able to fly, Powderbird offers Storm Day programs, including cat skiing and resort tickets, to still get you out on the slopes.
Aside from untracked runs in beautiful, remote locations, one of the most exciting aspects of heliskiing is the ride in the helicopter. Powderbird flies A-Star helicopters feature a special seating configuration to ensure you have spectacular panoramic views throughout each flight. The helicopters are specifically suited for winter mountain flying and are always paired with an experienced mountain pilot. Not only will you have the chance to see unmatched bird’s-eye views of the mountains and your upcoming runs, but the helicopters are fast. Their speed allows you to ski thousands of vertical feet in a single day.
Commitment to Safety
As the company has grown over the years, their commitment to safety has remained consistent and at the forefront of their business operation. All guests receive avalanche safety equipment including an airbag pack, beacon, shovel, and probe provided by Powderbird's partner, Backcountry Access. You will also be trained in the basics of avalanche safety and how to use this equipment before you take off for your first flight of the day.
Who Can Join
You don’t have to be an expert skier or rider to join in on a day of heliskiing. All you need is an adequate skill set and fitness level. Before you arrive, the team at Powderbird will chat with you about your abilities, skill levels, and what you are hoping to get out of the experience to choose the appropriate terrain for you to have an incredible day with the best skiing they can find.
If you have always wanted to experience heliskiing for yourself, reach out to a member of our knowledgeable and friendly Concierge team. They can answer any and all of your questions and book you a day of helicopter skiing with Powderbird.
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