No other company has outfitted more gnarly expeditions than The North Face. Since day one, they’ve built and field-tested gear at unprecedented levels. Each year we work with The North Face to design and build our guide uniforms. With all the variable conditions we face we can always depend on its function, durability, and performance. With that being said, The North Face ensures our team is looking good both on and off the mountain.
Being a great guide means being a great athlete. Usana Health & Nutrition helps us do that with an array of products including vitamins and nutritional supplements so that our guides and guests stay properly fueled and ready for our days in the mountains.
Since 1962 K2 has been designing and testing some of the most innovative ski technology in the world. This year we’ll be offering a variety of powder specific models including the world-famous Pon2oons. So leave your skis at home and take a spin on any one of K2's awe-inspiring powder skis.
Skiing and flying in the mountains demands a variety of eyewear and head protection. With Smith, we’re able to grab the right lens (or glasses) for all types of conditions in which we encounter. This year, the new I/07 makes it even easier to change out lens for when the sun begins to pop or the storm rolls in. No matter which goggle we choose, Smith’s line of helmets ensure a superior fit and protection.
Marker Bindings have a deep history in US Skiing. Some of us remember watching the Mahre's and Stenmark win medals using these bindings. We're proud to be properly secured to our skis with Marker Bindings and are very excited about all of the innovation they are bringing to the backcountry.
Being outside all day we have high demands with our equipment, especially gloves. Our gloves are waterproof, breathable and most importantly warm; so if you ski with us you’ll notice our guides having no problem keeping them on all day. Hestra gloves are stylish, highly functional and can withstand the ridiculous amount of use and abuse we dish out.
We take our backcountry safety very seriously. When it comes to the special tools to help us do that, we only choose the best. BCA supplies us with the beacons, shovels, probes and other gear that we take on literally every single trip we operate. It is mission-critical gear to help us run the safest trips that we possibly can.
Hot coffee in the truck on the way up the hill at 5:30am, a cool drink after the 5th lap, and protein shake after a full day guiding – a Hydro Flask is almost never more than 10 feet from us at anytime during the day. When your job is as physically demanding as it is fun, fluids – in all varieties – can make a huge difference. Like all of our gear, these containers are ridiculously bomb-proof. We drop, kick, throw, fill, wash, and generally abuse these all season long. And then we use them for the next season.
CEP offers a collection of shorts, tights, shirts, short socks, knee socks, and sleeves for skiing, running, biking, and a wide variety of other sports. CEP products enhance performance and recovery through the targeted use of compression to improve blood circulation and speed up lactate metabolism. CEP offers the right product for every athlete to achieve a perfect balance between health and performance.
We get going real early here at Powderbird. How do we do that? With delicious coffee from our friends at Stoked Roasters from Hood River, Oregon. Stoked Roasters is all about premium coffee to kick start your day in a positive way. Their roasts are packed with good vibes by awesome people who love to be outside as much as you. Stoked has an organic lineup that is packed with 6 signature series blends, rotating single origins, and they always feature a single origin espresso as well as an espresso blend. We’re not just stoked to powder ski every day – we’re double stoked. You’ll be double stoked too – because it is part of every breakfast at the beginning of your day with us.
Nestled up in the dramatic Little Cottonwood Canyon, Snowbird offers 3,240 vertical feet of award-winning terrain enjoyed by all skill levels of skiers and riders. Snowbird boasts Utah’s longest ski season and annually averages 500". Snowbird has many lodging options from hotel rooms to condos, and is within walking distance of our Little Cottonwood Canyon base.
Experience the best of Park City and enjoy all the comforts of a fully furnished home at the award-winning Westgate Park City Resort & Spa. Located at the base of Canyons Village at Park City, Westgate features a ski valet service and provides easy access to the Powderbird Park City operation. Guests can choose from a variety of accommodations, ranging from cozy studios to spacious four-bedroom luxury villas.
Make every moment count, on the slopes or off at the Snowpine Lodge, the perfect lay over for your heli ski adventures. The Snowpine Lodge offers luxurious comfort and incredible food that will make the down time a most memorable part of your experience. Relax in our outdoor hot tub, tell stories around the fire pit or treat yourself to a deep tissue massage, the Snowpine Lodge has all of your bases covered. You have the choice, why not choose the best?
Standing at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon, Alta ski area offers some of the worlds most renown powder skiing. Steeped in a storied tradition of skiing since 1939, Alta is one of the premier resorts in the Wasatch Range. Alta offers a variety of lodging and après ski options all with a very rustic traditional feel.
Powderbird operates under a Special Use Permit from the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Encompassing nearly 1.3 million ecologically-diverse acres, including seven Wilderness areas, the forest is one of the most frequently visited in the nation.
The Utah Avalanche Center is a collaborative effort between the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center and the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Their mission is to keep people on top of the Greatest Snow on Earth™. They do that by giving winter backcountry travelers the tools they need to stay alive and have fun in avalanche terrain. They cover the entire state of Utah and have offices in Logan, Salt Lake City, and Moab.
Starting late last season, Owen Jones, an integrated branding agency, joined the Powderbird team to help us tell our story. Over the last 7 months we’ve worked together to create a new brand look, shoot videos and build this website. The Owen crew shares our passion for the mountains (they have a Hood River, Oregon office), and we’ve held our meetings in helicopters, on peaks, and on mountain bike trails. Our collective goal will be to open an Owen office in either Big - or Little - Cottonwood Canyon.
A few years ago, Lance shot a beautiful night image of one of our helicopters bathed in flood lights amidst a raging blizzard. One of our partners saw the image, tracked Lance down and asked if we could use it. Since then Lance has began documenting the Powderbird world in gorgeous imagery and most of the images on our site are his. Lance is a craftsman with an artists eye for capturing honest images that blend adventurous people with incredible places. He’s done that for some of the finest lifestyle brands in the world.
Renown for shooting some of the best deep powder skiing imagery in the universe, Lee has been a go to photographer for Powderbird, Alta & Snowbird for more than twenty years. His photos have graced magazines worldwide, as his sharp eye has chronicled action and lifestyle photography from a broad spectrum of athletes and clients.
Heli-Ski U.S. Association, Inc. is a Utah nonprofit corporation whose members represent the very best helicopter skiing operators in the United States. Our members work cooperatively to help establish the highest safety and operating standards in the helicopter skiing industry.
Wether you're in the business of making awesome skiing products, or you're a nearby resort, or if you've got great new ideas for us, we're always on the lookout to find great partnerships.