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At Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing we understand that we are fortunate to operate in one of the most beautiful regions of the world. We also know that we have a responsibility to care for the environment that we live and work in so that others may enjoy it for many years to come. We work with the local community, all levels of government and the heli-ski industry to make sure that we always meet or exceed industry environmental regulations.
In order to better understand our potential impacts and changes in wildlife behavior, Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing has been monitoring wildlife activity in relation to the helicopter skiing operation since 1992.
Partnering with Thompson Rivers University, Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing set up a 50,000$ scholarship fund for a TRU student to conduct research in the Cariboo and Monashee Mountains. In 2013 Katrina Huebel completed her thesis for a Masters of Science in Environmental Science.
Assessing Impacts of Helicopter Skiing on Behavior and Spatial Distribution of Mountain Caribou
In 2001 we collaborated with Helicat Canada and industry partners to develop the Stewardship of Mountain Ecosystems - Best Practices for Sustainability Manual, which guides heli and cat ski operators in British Columbia in sustainable business operations.
Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing actively participates in collaborative land use planning with forest companies, recreationists, First Nations, and different levels of government. This interaction enhances opportunities for local businesses and communities while simultaneously working with the resource sector to minimize environmental impact. This includes projects like the Eight Peaks Sustainable Resource Management Plan, a community driven project involving the BC Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management, the North Thompson Indian Band, private sector resource companies, local community groups, and MWHS.
Geothermal heating/cooling has been used in a number of buildings in the resort since 1994, this includes the Administration building, Guide’s Haus, Sport’s Shop, and eight of the lodges. Comfortable, dependable, and highly efficient the geothermal heat sources have been a great success.
The Spawning Channel off of Eleanor Lake on the property of MWHS was built in 1991 with the help of Gerry Hanna, Trans Mountain Pipeline, Grizzly Anglers, and B.C. Fish and Wildlife. The process consists of a tiered channel to replicate a natural stream generated from a pump that circulates the lake water up through a pipe and down the channel. The once stocked lake now rejuvenates itself naturally, the fish have doubled in size, and stocking is no longer necessary.
The Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing resort’s landscaping is founded in native gardening, transplanting, and xeri-scaping. These three types of earth reforestation are dynamic processes that create an evolving landscape that preserves native species and enhances the growth of the earth’s living blanket.
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At Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing we believe in the importance of balancing the economic and business goals of our organization with the environmental and social responsibilities of operating in the unparalleled beauty of the North Thompson Valley. Our Heli-Ski Village Resort operates from the heart of the community of Blue River and we are committed to the long-term health of this community and the people who live here.
Working with local First Nations and understanding both their history and their future goals is central to Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing operations. Accordingly, the Simpcw First Nation and MWHS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that strengthens our relationship with this important local partner.
Together the Simpcw First Nation and MWHS have developed agreements related to job training, contract work, and educational programs and are working together to plan for future joint business ventures.
In March 1996, six friends sat together talking about the Brüderschaft in St. Christoph, Austria, and its history of helping people since the 14th century. These friends decided to start a similar organization with those who come to Blue River to hel-ski, hike, and live. Monies are collected through membership are used to assist those in need or to fund worthy projects in the community of Blue River.
For more information visit www.Bruderschaft.ca.
The Mike Wiegele and ASARC Partnership
Blue River is a small community with a limited economic base. MWHS provides an important and long-term source of jobs to the community. The combined operations of lodging, maintenance, and heli-skiing employs 195 people in the Winter months and a year-round staff of 55.
For more information visit Employment.
Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing has a lasting and significant impact on local and regional economies. About ninety five percent of the yearly revenue comes from international visitors representing measurable export revenue for British Columbia.
Socio-Economic Benefits of Heli/Snowcat Skiing in BC (2002)
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