To get the absolute best ski or snowboarding days out, often hiking yields more memorable days and even better runs than heli-skiing.
For a start you can find yourself alone on the mountain with just your close buddies. You can get into terrain where helis can't land - especially true for tree skiing and unless you go with a specialist extreme heli ski operation you can often find steeper terrain by hiking.
I like wandering in this type of surreal scenery which we found in Fernie, BC, Canada.
This frosted forest says two things to me:
ONE: There is plenty of snow - Whoopeee!
TWO: Watch out for wind loaded areas, that is where snow has been blown into an unstable layer on top of the older pack – it has a high avalanche risk. Knowing how nature is working around me like that doesn’t make me afraid, it makes me feel a stronger part of it - a depth of feeling I would struggle to get on a heli-ski day.