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Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing | Information Guide
Nestled in the heart of the Cariboo and Monashee Mountain ranges of British Columbia, the self-contained resort setting, offers the perfect combination of natural beauty and first class amenities for your perfect vacation.
Home of the world's finest powder
Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing (MWHS) offers more than 1.2 million acres and over 1,000 peaks, of high alpine and glacier skiing/boarding. The MWHS tenure consists of elevations from 1,046 to 3,569 meters (3,400 - 11,600 feet), and accesses the greatest variety of slopes and mountains of any individually-based helicopter skiing operation. Our wide variety of terrain options offers the most adventurous runs for intermediate to expert levels.
Pristine snow conditions
BLUE RIVER is home to the world's most productive, reliable and consistent snow belt. Our landbase accumulates an average 10 meters (30 feet) annual snowfall, which provides reliable alpine snow cover from mid-November through May.
Come take advantage of the pristine snow, deep tree skiing in December. The first seven weeks of the season offers you the advantage of our reduced early season rates and fresh powder conditions.
Our spring skiing is also exceptional! In April, the days are sunny and warm in the valley, but the high alpine glaciers still offer perfect snow for skiing/boarding. The longer days also enable skiers and boarders to accumulate more vertical. In most years, April offers MWHS guests a deep snow-pack with good stability.
Unlimited vertical fun
MWHS pioneered unlimited vertical. Our DELUXE, ELITE and SUPER ELITE package guests do not pay additional charges for skiing vertical. This means you only pay the package rate. On a typical day we average approximately 20,000 vertical feet per day – that equates to 130,000 vertical feet in a week. Depending on the time of year, ability of skiers, weather and snow conditions, many seven day groups ski 180,000 to 220,000 vertical feet.
Your guide chooses the day’s terrain based on weather conditions, snow quality and stability, as well as the group’s skiing/boarding ability and the flying conditions. Our wide variety of terrain means that there is always a great place to ski/board every day – whether you are an intermediate, advanced or expert skier/boarder.
Your guide will select a skiing/boarding route that suits your ability and comfort level, and offers just the right amount of challenge. Depending on conditions, we often start with an open, moderate glacier run, or a gentler run through the trees. As the week proceeds and your confidence increases, we progress according to the group’s abilities.
When conditions allow, we take advantage of our most exciting terrain. Your guide will lead you to the best possible snow, taking extra time to evaluate the snow stability before enjoying the challenge of steeper slopes.
For a gentler introduction to the back country experience, we offer an Introduction to Off Piste Package which helps you build confidence in the different types of terrain and snow conditions you may encounter while helicopter skiing.
Glacier skiing & boarding
For many, high alpine glaciers provide the most exhilarating skiing/boarding experience of all - the freedom of carving hundreds of powder turns down a glacier surrounded by majestic untracked snow covered peaks. When conditions allow, glacier skiing/boarding is suitable for all skill levels.
Tree skiing & boarding
For many, the varied terrain, never-ending challenge and the deep snow found in the trees provide the ultimate experience. The highest quality of snow is found in the naturally spaced old growth forest where the loose powder is protected from wind and sun. We spend a great deal of our time within the forest glades and open spaces below the tree line, using the buddy system to increase safety.
BLUE RIVER skiing & boarding packages, 2019:
- 7 DAY PACKAGE: Arrive and depart Saturday around noon; ski/board full days Sunday through Friday, plus Saturday morning.
- 5 DAY PACKAGE: Arrive Saturday, depart Thursday after skiing/boarding; or arrive Sunday, depart Friday after skiing/boarding.
- 3 DAY PACKAGE: Arrive Saturday, depart Tuesday after skiing/boarding; or arrive Tuesday, depart Friday after skiing/boarding.
- NON-SKIING PACKAGE: Non-skiers are welcome to experience the MWHS Heli-Ski Village Resort hospitality and enjoy ourcross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails, climbing wall, massage therapists and fitness centre facilities.
All MWHS packages include:
- Professionally certified guides
- Gourmet meals and luxury accommodation
- Full access to resort amenities
- Complementary powder-specific skis and snowboards
- Complimentary use of personal safety gear including: Ortovox Transceiver, shovel pack and probe
|Click the rates and dates||Deluxe||Elite||Super Elite 212||Private||Semi-Private||Intro to Off-Piste|
|OVERVIEW||The Deluxe week is the most popular of our MWHS/Boarding packages||The Elite guest is a strong and experienced skier/snowboarder who must have the endurance for a long and demanding day in all kinds of snow conditions and challenging terrain in a small group environment.||Elite guests looking for a larger group experience need look no further than the Super Elite Packages.||Guests choose Private packages for unparalleled flexibility, comfort and freedom. In consultation with your guide and pilot, you can ski/ride as much or as little as you wish each day.||Semi-Private packages place two groups with each helicopter, preserving much of the flexibility and freedom of Private packages but at a reduced cost.||Learn how to ski off-piste in a safe environment and coaching from world class ski instructors. Packages offer flexibility and options to different levels of guest.|
|PACKAGE LENGTH||3,5 or 7 Days||7 Days||7 Days||7 Days
(Custom Packages Available upon Request)
(Custom Packages Available upon Request)
|3 or 1 Days Snowcat
+ 6 Days Helicopter
|HELICOPTER||Bell 212||A-Star||Bell 212||A-Star or Bell 212||A-Star||Piston Bully Snowcat & Bell 212|
|GROUP SIZE||Up to 10||Up to 4||Up to 9||A-Star - Up to 4
Bell 212 - Up to 10
|Up to 10||Up to 10|
|Groups per Helicopter||Up to 3||Up to 2||Up to 2||1||2||1|
|Guides per Helicopter||2||1||2||A-Star -1
Bell 212 - 2
- ALBREDA LODGE - the crown jewel
Inspired by the old lodges of Europe, Albreda Lodge was handcrafted from massive timbers and sits 45km north of Blue River, making it our jumping off point for the most rewarding and challenging terrain. With 17 private rooms and a two-bedroom suite with master bedroom, Albreda is the perfect escape for groups on Private, Semi-Private, Super Elite and Elite packages. Your stay includes complimentary high speed wireless internet, however there is no cellular mobile service here.
- BLUE RIVER RESORT - welcome home
Our Heli Village allows guests the unique experience of unforgettable days powder skiing in the backcountry and memorable moments in between, enjoying the exclusive comforts of Blue River Resort. Guests chalets are within walking distance of all the amenities you would expect from a luxury resort, including complimentary high speed internet.
- BAVARIAN ESTATE & CABANA - luxury, above and beyond
The 6 bedroom Bavarian Estate House and it’s 3 bedroom Cabana are the most exquisite examples of log craftsmanship we have in Blue River. The Estate is the perfect accommodation for guests in search of refined luxury, a private setting, personalized service, or simply a unique setting for their groups’ heli-skiing adventure. Having a private chef and server is just an added bonus.
- ELENOR LAKE ESTATE - have the place to yourself
The beautifully handcrafted, 4-bedroom, 9000 square foot estate was originally custom designed for the Wiegele family and is perfect for small groups in search of a private escape that’s close to all of Blue River’s amenities. It is equipped with a master suite, private spa, gym, office, stone fireplace, and library, with vaulted ceilings to add grandeur to the refined finish.