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

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

380 Million Vertical Feet and Counting…

What do these numbers mean to you? 380 million vertical feet skied 151 years of ski guiding experience To us it means that our ski guides are highly experienced, dedicated....and loved to ski! Combined, these 5 guys have heli skied 380 million vertical feet(based on 2.5 million vertical per season per guide) with 151 years of heli-ski guiding experience! left to right: Barry Widas, Bob Rankin, Bob Sayer, Erich Schadinger, Mike Wiegele (photo: Certain Images) To commemorate their dedication, Mike and Michelle Wiegele recently presented each of them with the highly coveted Silver…Read more