2017 Andy Aufschnaiter Memorial X-Country Ski Race

2017 Andy Aufschnaiter Memorial X-Country Ski Race

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…Read more
In the mountains with Bob Sayer

In the mountains with Bob Sayer

MWHS Operations Manager and 30-year veteran heli-ski guide Bob Sayer, knew he wanted to be a ski guide the moment he saw a Warren Miller movie featuring "Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing." He kept that goal for 10-years while working in the ski industry, until he earned the chance of a lifetime. In 1987, Sayer won the Canadian Powder 8's competition at Lake Louise, which earned him a coveted position in the Powder 8 World Championship at Wiegele’s. Sayer says when he arrived to ski, he met Mike Wiegele himself and convinced the skiing…Read more

Get Fit After The Holidays!

Whether you are skiing with us in the mountains or taking a break in the heli-ski village, our theme week schedules offer many opportunities for you to enhance your Blue River ski holiday experience this season. This year, the 4th Annual Health & Wellness Week (Tour 605) returns from Dec 31 to January 7. Daily activities for this week include apres-ski yoga, meditation and spin classes, which aim to provide you with the ultimate health and wellness routine. Our 2017 Wellness Week Practitioners Include: To guide us in our Health & Wellness Week,…Read more
Season Training Has Begun!

Season Training Has Begun!

Backcountry safety is always of prime importance in the heli-skiing and snowcat industries. From September 11 to 17, the annual Canadian Ski Guide Association (CSGA) Glacial Skills and Recurrent Training Camp hosted in the Mike Wiegele skiing tenure at Blue River, BC, brought in 23 students, from all over the world. CSGI camp director, 17-year CSGA participant and Mike Wiegele Lead Guide Michel Hainault, explained that this camp offers participants (of all levels) a variety of rescue simulations (including crevasse and cliff rescue training), which prepares them for many of the challenges that…Read more

Charlie’s Adventures – Windells Snowboarding Camp

Why stop snowboarding in the summertime, when there are places like Windells Snowboarding Camp! This summer, 10 year-old Charlie Guinn (son of Michelle Wiegele), took part in this super fun summer camps for kids, in Oregon. It was Charlie’s second summer cruising the slopes at Mount Hood, and besides improving his 180-grabs, nosegrabs, backflips and halfpipe runs on the hill, he also made some new friends and lots of great memories. The love of the slopes, "Wiegele creativity" and a quest for year-round fun, did not skip a beat in Charlie’s genes. Instead…Read more

Mike’s Adventures – 2016 Tour De Blue

I would like to thank those who supported us on our annual 512-kilometer Mike Wiegele Tour De Blue biking trip. We rolled out of Banff on August 23, from the Soul Ski and Bike shop, and saw so many of our great friends along the way. For the first time, it was nice to have my daughter Michelle with us on the trip this year and doing something as a family was really special. My wife Bonnie, recently had an operation and traveled with us in a car, encouraging us down the road.…Read more