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It all started with a man who had a dream. Mike Wiegele, born in Austria 1938, immigrated to Canada in 1959 at the adventurous age of 21. Mike began his career in Canada as a carpenter, laborer, insurance salesman but eventually his passion for skiing led him to become the director of the Lake Louise Ski School where he led many young skiers to international success.
After researching weather and snow patterns all over BC, Mike discovered the perfect location for his Heli Village Resort in Blue River BC - in the heart of the Cariboo and Monashee Mountain Ranges. The snowflakes here were big and falling straight, guaranteeing high quality powder snow.
In the 1990’s, Mike joined Atomic to develop the “Fat Boy” ski which revolutionized the sport of powder skiing.
Today, located on the shores of Eleanor Lake the Resort features 22 hand-crafted log chalets, Lodge, Administration Building/Guest Lobby, Sports Shop, Laundry, and Guides Haus.
The 22,000-sq. ft. main Lodge is home to our Powdermax Dining Room where under the direction of Toni Spöri, fully trained chefs take pleasure in pleasing both the eye and the palate. Guests can also find the Silver Buckle Lounge, Boutique, Games Room, and Fitness Center. The Fitness Centre provides guests with access to a variety of cardio machines, nautilus weight machines, free weights, a stretch room with a 34’x45’ suspended hardwood floor, seven massage rooms, whirlpool, and men’s and ladies’ change rooms complete with showers and sauna.
Accommodations at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing range from standard rooms and private chalets, to luxury chalets. All rooms are located in individual log chalets with two-six bedrooms, each equipped with private bath, telephone, satellite TV and wifi internet access. As well, all chalets feature a fully equipped kitchen and living room with large stone fireplace. In selected chalets, additional amenities include in-room safe, sundeck, jacuzzi tub & steam shower.
Built in 1990, the Bavarian House Estate offers the ultimate in private luxury. It is a private self-contained residence across Eleanor Lake and 10 minutes walking distance from our main lodge. The property is home to the 9,000-sq. ft. Bavarian House with five bedrooms and the 6,000-sq. ft. Cabana with three bedrooms.
The Albreda Lodge welcomes a whole new world of mountain adventures. Located 45km north of Blue River, it offers quick access to the northern part of our skiing area. Inspired by the old lodges of the European Alps, Albreda is hand crafted from huge reused timbers with slate accents that provide a warm feel in the cozy spaces.
Albreda Lodge is exclusively available to small and large groups of up to 20 heli-skiing/boarding guests. Personal guides and exclusive helicopter access all guests to enjoy the exceptional comfort, attentive service and full amenities they have come to expect from our Blue River location – in a more exclusive and intimate setting.
Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing welcomes approximately 2,000 guests per season. Impressively, 60% of our guests return yearly and over 80% of our guests return every two years. Heliskiing is available in three, five and seven day packages in Deluxe , Elite or Private Tours . While our Resort is located at a comfortable elevation of 2,240-ft. (690m) skiing takes place from 3,400 – 11,600-ft. (1,046 – 3,569m). The average landings are at about 8,000-ft. (2,462m). Therefore, there are no problems with acclimatization. Our skiers do approximately 120,000 vertical per week, and about 17,000 per day (an average of eight – ten runs) determined by snow conditions, weather, and the ability of the skiers. Winter temperatures average around -7ºC (20ºF), but we have experienced temperatures as low as -30ºC (-18ºF).
Yellowhead Helicopters who have been in operation since 1975 are our exclusive helicopter service provider. We offer our guests the the Bell 212 and the A-Star B2 & B3 helicopters. The pilots have extensive mountain flying experience. To give improved and more reliable service, our helicopters are maintained daily in the heated hangar.
Snowcat Skiing offers a relaxed and methodical introduction to back country skiing, skiing instruction and basic mountain safety training. In 2005, Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing purchased their first Piston Bully Grooming snowcat and strategically placed it on Saddle Mountain. Then in 2006, the state-of-the-art Piston Bully 300 snowcat mounted with a passenger cabin for transporting up to 12 guests and 2 certified ski guides was introduced.
Safety comes first. Going beyond the industry standard of 11:1, guests to guide, our Bell 212 groups ski with 2 professional guides bringing the ratio down to 9:2 and our A-Star groups operate on a 4:1 blend. Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing operates a dedicated infrastructure: three weather stations, three radio repeater stations, advanced guides training, and an avalanche research program.
Toll Free: 1.800.661.9170 Local: 1.250.673.8381
1 Harrwood Dr., Blue River, BC, Canada, V0E 1J0