Where would you go?
What would be the best time of year to go?
Since this thread reared its head again recently...
If curiosity about where to heli ski has led you to this thread - for my .02, the answer is Iceland. Specifically Arctic Heli Skiing.
Obviously different folks have different tastes. So it pays to think about what you want. This is a place for someone focused on skiing. In a place with terrain for heli skiers of all abilities, with a limited number of skiers and loads. Where excellent honest meals are chef prepared with local ingredients in a farmhouse kitchen, and you eat with your guides, pilots, the owners, etc. It is small and intimate and friendly. It has a nifty maritime snowpack. It has scenery that will make your head explode. Looking out at the Arctic Ocean from the crest of a run you are about to ski is pretty cool.
It is not the place for someone looking for a big fancy lodge or fancy lodge restaurant. It is not a place that consistently boasts super dry powder of the sparkling wine variety. It is not about tree skiing - since the local joke is that if you find yourself lost in an Icelandic forest, stand up...
For basic info, check out the article in the current issue of Outside (the "Everest" one). And the one in Ski Journal (vol 5 # 1). I think there might have been a Freeskier article at some point as well.
Since it has been a while since this thread had much activity, I can also say that I agree that Bella Coola (esp Pantheon) rates highly as well.
I just got back from Points North Heliskiing in Cordova, Alaska
Not great luck with weather, getting just 2 fly days out of 6. Also this late in the year not much powder, but the guides found good terrain and snow for us.
While at Points North I saw that issue of Outside magazine with the article about Arctic Heliskiing in Iceland. I hope to be in Iceland for the solar eclipse of March 20, 2015 and I note that's just when Arctic Heliskiing's season starts. I suspect with few trees and the maritime climate they get a lot of no-fly days like Alaska.
I have been lucky enough to ski and visit many of the heli ski operations around Alaska and in Canada. There are many that do a very good job. What I can say however is that my visit to Points North in Cordova was the best ski experience of my life! We skied 5 out of 7 days and left with my mind blown with overload. This is one trip I will now be doing again yearly. They are proffessionl from the start and the pilots are some of the best I have ever experienced.