In the mountains with Elias Ortner

In the mountains with Elias Ortner

When Elias Ortner first thought of working as a heli-ski guide for Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing, he was working as a ski instructor and supervisor at the Skischule Heugenhauser, in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria. After 10-years working within the Austrian Alps around Salzburg, Elias says he began dreaming of experiencing the famous powder and the 1.2 million acre unlimited vertical terrain, in Blue River. In August 2007, Elias says he met Mike Wiegele for the first time in Austria. Three months later, Elias joined the Wiegele team and began the next leg of his skiing…Read more

Boot Punching 101: Help save your piggies

It is no secret skiers have less than pretty feet. Anybody that has ever squeezed their piggies into the hard and unforgiving shell of a ski boot knows they are not designed for any sort of beautification. Yet, for most of us, an ugly foot is a small price to pay for the pure unadulterated fun of a powder day. That being said, whether you enjoy the occasional day on the slopes or you live to ski every day, a well-fitted ski boot can make all the difference. Many people pay the extra price for…Read more