Anyone here have any experience with heliboarding services in CO or UT. We are planning a trip and are trying to find the best bang for our buck. We've done plenty of google research, but its kinda garbled and i'd rather here from some of you guys that might have done it!
the Wasatch bird goes to all access you can get to on either a split of snowshoes. A lot of people don't like the birds flying over head in the canyon. I know here it is way expensive to heli it. Just do the AK heli trip
You could also look into doing snowcat tours which would be a lot cheaper. There are a few places around keystone and A-basin that are like ~600 bucks a day and then there is San Juan snowcat futher south in Colorado which is sposed to be pretty awesome from what I hear. San Juan Snowcat : Home
Telluride is the only place other than silverton that offers Heliboarding in CO: Helitrax
Telluride and silverton are actually really close as the crow flies (or as the whirlybird flies)They are about two hours apart when driving (depending on weather.) You might try staying in Telluride or Ouray and then play it by ear. If the weather doesn't cooperate or the birds fill up, you still have access to the two best ski areas in colorado.
There is also a backcountry cat operation on red pass, just south of silverton which could be an option when it's overcast.