Meet the Helis

One of the most common questions we get is, "what type of helicopters do you use?" That is an excellent question which we thought we'd spend time answering here... Here at Wiegele World, we partner with VIH Helicopters for all our heli needs. Entering their 57th year in operation, VIH highly experienced pilots work with a team of talented engineers to maintain the industry's highest maintenance and operating standards. Our heated hangar allows the team of engineers to ensure all maintenance schedules inspections are met - regardless of weather conditions. We currently use…Read more

The man, the legend, my boss…Part 2

In Part 2 of the Wiegele saga, I bring you a clip from Warren Miller's Dynasty.  Dynasty was released in 2010 in honour of the company's 60th anniversary...which happened to coincide with our own 40th celebratory year. The clip is a wonderful depiction of the man himself, Mr.Mike Wiegele. Hope you enjoy this little treasure. Athletes featured are Mike Wiegele of Blue River, Chris Benchetler of CA, and Cody Barnhill of UT.Read more

The man, the legend, my boss…Mr.Mike Wiegele

People often ask me what Mike Wiegele is like... "I am committed to the 'soul' of skiing," says Mike. "To enjoy the true freedom of skiing is to return to nature's purest form of backcountry wilderness. There is nothing like the whisper of the wind and the hiss of skis sliding through snow. To experience these moments is sacred." Whenever I’m asked about Mike, I always hesitate. It is not that easy to sum a person up in a casual conversation. There are, of course, canned lines and scripted text I could regurgitate.…Read more

Adventures in Sweden – by Bob Sayer

Each year mountain rescue professionals from all over the world gather to discuss the latest in best practices, equipment, disturbing trends and new ideas at the International Commission of Alpine Rescue (ICAR). The congress is also a platform for presenting research and for setting international standards. The CSGA (Canadian Ski Guide Association) - of which I am President - has been an active participant at ICAR for more than a decade. This year's congress was held in Are, Sweden, with the theme of Safety and Prevention in the Mountains. In our continual efforts…Read more

Testing 1, 2…

 Ski Canada Magazine has been in publication for 40 years, in that time one of the things that skiers in Canada look forward to most is the annual Ski Canada buyers guide. This is a review and rating of all the latest and greatest gear. It gives consumers a chance to find the right skis for them based on a number of criteria. Skier type, skill set and price point are all considered to help the public narrow down their choices and get on the best gear for them. The guides at Mike…Read more

So when do we jump out of the heli?

A surprisingly common question from potential and eager heli skiers is “do we have to jump out of the helicopter?” I have a feeling that this stemmed from some long ago ski movie that featured a skier launching from a heli for their first turns? Certainly some people even ask “Can we" or “Do we get to” jump out of the helicopter as if hurtling one’s perfectly functioning ( I’m assuming if you are heli skiing) body out of a moving object make sense. Let’s not forget it only hurts when you land…. I…Read more