The Silver Buckle

The Silver Buckle

What is the silver buckle? For many newcomers who take their first plunge into the world of Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing (MWHS), this is an honest question. Others who have visited the slopes of the Cariboo and Monashee mountains with MWHS many times over may carry the evidence to explain it to you themselves. The Silver Buckle is a token of recognition for powder enthusiasts who have obtained one million vertical feet, either on skis or snowboards. The buckle is presented to guests as a gift to celebrate the motivation and drive behind…Read more
January at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing

January at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing

January Skiing at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing - by Bruce MacMillan It was another amazing January at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing where we had powder days over and over again.  The first week of January also represents our Health & Wellness week which was a huge success again this year.  This week gives our guests a chance to ski half or full days as well as take part in workout sessions with special invited practitioners.  P90X’s Tony Horton headlined this week where he held classes every day after skiing as well as a…Read more
The Tour de Blue

The Tour de Blue

500 kilometers from Banff to Blue River - by Brooks Sutherland The Tour de Blue concluded in Blue River last week on Mike's 75th birthday. Mike, Bonnie and a few close friends gathered in Banff at the Mountain Magic bike shop for last minute tune ups and adjustments before hitting the road. The group consisted of Trish & Jerry Oster, Fred Hughes, Neil MacGillivray, Powder Mori and Mike & Bonnie. With a variety of experience and levels of preparation, the group set off to tackle 500 kilometers of steep climbs, winding switchbacks and…Read more
Summer in Blue River

Summer in Blue River

Five Reasons Why Blue River is Even Better in the Summer! By: Catharine Eckersley, Reservations Coordinator 1. Our beautiful weather! Lodge Entrance Although we’re all sad that the helicopters and most of our staff are gone for the summer, no-one is sad that the endless days of wearing multiple layers and our chunky, manly, winter boots are gone too! Dresses, shorts, t-shirts, and sandals fill the office and the town, and everyone’s enjoying the hot, sunny, and normally clear blue skies. Added bonus- it’s not disgustingly humid like in most cities - we…Read more

Canadian Society of Mountain Medicine Honours Mike Wiegele

On April 21, 2013 Mike Wiegele was made a life member of the Canadian Society of Mountain Medicine. Mike received the honor at a celebratory dinner in Whistler to mark the occasion and also to kick off the final week of training for mountain physicians enrolled in the first Canadian Diploma of Mountain Medicine course. The Canadian Diploma Course exists in part due to Mike’s advocacy at the International Commission for Alpine Rescue where the merit of such an undertaking in Canada needed champions. Mike has a long history of promoting all aspects…Read more
CSGA Ski Touring Course at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing

CSGA Ski Touring Course at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing

This past weekend, the Canadian Ski Guide Association hosted a Spring Ski Touring course for Youth. Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing Lead Guides Crosby Johnson and Scott Streadwick guided 8 aspiring ski guides into the backcountry terrain of the Cariboos. The course took place over 4 days and it introduced these guys to the skills of ski touring (or splitboarding) as well as winter camping and survival. Of course, it's important to have fun and get some fresh pow turns along the way. The group had an excellent time with awe inspiring views, great…Read more