February 16, 2017 – One of the most celebrated events of the year at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing, is the Annual Andy Aufschnaiter Memorial Cross Country Ski Race. This year, close to 100 School District 73 Kindergarten to Grade 7 students, assembled on the Blue River cross-country ski trails for the 19th edition of the ski race – sponsored by MWHS and the Blue River Bruderschaft Friends Blue River Society. Since 2012, this commemorative event has paid tribute to the life of founding Bruderschaft member, 25-year Blue River resident and Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing (MWHS) Guide, Andy Aufschnaiter. The 2017 edition of the races were followed by lots of hot chocolate, lunch and an after-ski awards ceremony, in the legendary Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing Lodge.
About Bruderschaft: In March 1996, a small group of friends sat together talking about the Bruderschaft in St. Christoph, Austria, and its history of helping people since the 14th century. These friends shared a love of life in the mountains and so decided to start a similar organization in Blue River, B.C. Money invested through membership is used to assist those in need or to support worthy projects in the Blue River community. For more information, call (250) 673-8381 or visit www.bruderschaft.ca
Check out all the race results via the StarJournal
Photos by Deanna Kristensen