You always spend more time on the up than the down. I like the earn your turns aspect. The solitude and the time it takes allows you to take in the surroundings you are in. Plus you have the added benefit that you're not polluting the hell out of the area you love, unlike when you use snowmobiles, snowcats, and especially helicopters. One day in a heli is more pollution than a season of driving to the mountains.
On a normal bc day earning my turns, I'll typically get 4-5 drops depending on the circuit that I am doing. Some places make you earn it more than others too. No wonder why I like Berthoud Pass so much.
Snowmobile access is fun though, I do it here and there. In Alaska, a Heli is definitely the way to go.