You don't know how insanely jealous I am. One of my dream goals for sure is to do a heli drop when I get good enough
. So damn jealous. Almost makes me bitter to come back to this SoCal stuff. Almost.
The funny thing about a lot of the heli runs here, is that so many of them are accessible by snowmachine or a few hours of skinning or bootpacking, which is what most locals do. And you always have to plan for down time on heli trips here due to weather. For a trip up here, fly to Anchorage, rent an RV, and go splitboarding for a couple of weeks. Do a few heli bumps on stuff you can't get to so easily, or go during Tailgate and get a ride on Big Mountain Taxi to stuff that's further out. I wouldn't do the all-inclusive heli ski package that the European trust fund crowd does. Way too spendy. Your backcountry skills need to be good to really ride up here, but you don't have to be Jeremy Jones by any stretch.