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Mike Smith - CO, USA
Sylvain Hotte - PQ, Canada
The P90X creator Tony Horton, USA
"I have to confess: I am a very nervous flyer. However, the professionalism of the entire operation (courteous reservations, serious avalanche research, rigorous flight safety standards, competent guides, etc.), gave me the peace of mind to enjoy my first heli-skiing trip. And it won't be my last! I am already planning my return trip to Mike Wiegele's."
"As Outside Magazine and Outside Television we have had a lot of opportunities over 36 years to pursue all kinds of outdoor adventures… and we have. But I will say in all that time I cannot ever remember having had such overwhelming, totally positive across the board feedback from the entire Outside team as we had with the Mike Wiegele heli-skiing experience. Mike’s personal story of how he started the MW Heli-Skiing operation is a book and someone should write it. What he has created is exceptional. You hear about how great it is well before you arrive for the first time and like most things you think it will not be able to live up to the accolades …but in fact it surpasses everything you heard. If God is in the details he must have spent a lot of time at Mike’s place.
The one word that the Outside team used most often to describe our experience was EPIC…and as a result we are all still suffering a month later from PHD (Post Heli Depression). Many, many thanks to the entire staff, guides and all who make the MW experience one of the best in the world. "
"I have been to Wiegeles 3 times and another well known operation twice. While they are priced similarly, there is really no comparison. Safety always comes first, and MW started the Canadian Guides Association years ago where hundreds of guides have been trained, and it is recognized as a center of excellence worldwide. His collection of guides is without equal and there will be two in your group at all times. These guides know this terrain and this snow. The lead guide of the group will not be in that role without years of experience as a tail guide at THIS COMPANY. My recent lead guide has been in that lead role for over 20 years! They have also funded the most comprehensive studies in coordination with universities on how snow behaves in the mountains. After safety, the second most important consideration is terrain. Early on, Mike staked heli rights to a huge area in two mountain ranges filled with both tree runs and high alpine glaciers and everything in between. Their area is also right in the heart of the snow belt where it dumps over 1000 inches per year (twice that of Alta, for instance). When all of this is mixed in with luxurious accommodations, beautiful base lodge with lots of amenities, five star food supported by daily deliveries, vast wine cellar, and top notch customer services at all moments, how can you go wrong? A full fleet of helicopters are housed and maintained right on site. I plan to go each year as long as I am able. They have made me a huge fan, which inspired me to write this review."
"I was very pleased about quality of your lodge, the chalets, the atmosphere, the delicious food, the gym, the staff, the helipilot, you guides and and and… Everything was absolutely great, so I think I must have it again. The Super-Elite-program is really fantastic and I would choose the same next time. Thanks once again for leading our group to the best runs of your area. I enjoyed this week very much and I’ll recommend Wiegele any time. I compared it with other companies but Wiegele is really the best you can have all over the world. My friend told me about this place, I couldn’t believe it, but he was right"
"I just wanted to thank-you for the best skiing vacation I have ever had. Our family (ages 1½ -72) had a huge range of skiing/boarding experience, from the baby only able to ride in a backpack, to young beginning skiers, athletic pre-teen boarders, middle age powder fanatics and aging back country enthusiasts, yet Saddle Mountain thrilled us all. We all had so much fun. Everybody was able to safely ski the terrain they wanted. To watch the kids learn to ski powder was fantastic, even I was able to improve my skills, and the sound of my husband hollers of joy as he bounced down line after line of untracked powder was priceless. The icing on the cake was the family bonding in the warm cat ride back to the top (when the kids weren’t watching the DVD), around the fire at lunch, in the comfortable cabin at night and over the fantastic food in the dining room. I enjoyed this vacation thoroughly and can hardly wait to return! The piano/violin concert at Mike’s house, the New Years celebrations, the Friday night show, the gym, our guides (Andy & Jason), pilot (Darrell) and the staff in the sports shop and dining room also deserve special mention. Many thanks again to all."
"In a surfing analogy, Mike Wiegele's Heli-World would be a combination of every dream surf spot at their most perfect conditions all at the same time without any other surfers in the line-up except your own group. Could anything in life be better than that?"
"I have been coming to Blue River since 1983. Over the past 25 years I have brought many friends to MWHS and created the "Awesome Bavarian Skiing Machine". The terrain in Blue River is extremely diverse and challenging. We migrate to the trees on the days when the Blue River snow machine is in full effect. To experience the vastness and untouched beauty of the Glaciers in the Cariboos and the Monashees is something that no European skier could ever imagine. The Guides and Pilots are the best trained in the industry, focusing on safety and customer service. Many of them have become very close friends. The private dinners at the Bavarian Estate are a multi star experience. "
"I feel very safe! It shows that the guides have all been cut from the same mold in regards to safety. The "let's go skiing" philosophy of trying to get you into the mountains whenever safely possibly is a core rule within the organization. The mountain ranges are extremely friendly to Snowboarders of all ages. The staff treats you like family and their service is outstanding."
"It's a magical place. There is nothing like it. The skiing experience is unmatched. Coming to Blue River is like coming home to old friends."
"I've traveled to Wiegeles on a couple of occasions with a small group of Australians. The experience can only be described as unique. It is truly special. The snow, the environment, the facilities, the helicopters, the people you meet and the staff - all come together to create a total escape from day to day life. To be understood, it must be experienced. Safety is priority # 1 here. When you visit here, you are in for an experience that leaves you talking about it for months if not years."
"The professionalism of the organization is a 6 star experience. The safety measurements and quality of skiing are unmatched. You guys are like family to us!"
MWHS is the top experience of any skier and the only way to understand is by going."
"I am a 55 yr old from Norway who has been skiing since the age of four. But it was not until Jan. 05 that I found my skiing Nirvana. Three friends and I from Norway had our first heli week with MWHS. What a week it turned out to be. Terrific skiing, nice people, good service/accommodation and very nice food. We loved everything about it. I have been back every year since then. And last season I had two weeks in a row. It turned out to be the best skiing I have had in my whole life. Lots and lots of powder and face shots in almost every run. And the tree skiing in Blue River is impossible to describe. Simply the best in the world . You have to experience it yourself. If I am going back next year? It is not a question about if I am coming back to MWHS - it is more a question of when and with who. I highly recommend Blue River, Mike W and his crew."
"To Mike, all I can say is keep up the good work. You run a fantastic operation. For us it was to be the holiday of a lifetime and it lived up to that billing. The service was top class, friendly, efficient and always with a smile. As for the food it was as good as any 5 star hotel, no it was better. The skiing is just incredible. There are runs to suit all standards of heli-skier in conditions that are probably far safer than you would find off piste in Europe. The outstanding features are the amount and variety of terrain, fresh powder, perfect light fluffy powder, run after run. For any keen skiers out there, heli-skiing with Wiegele Heli-Skiing should be top of your list of where to ski. We were delighted to be the first group of Irish skiers to have visited you. If word of mouth has anything do with it, we will not be the last."
As an internationally qualified and experienced Quality Assurance auditor specializing in industries that provide services, I have never seen such a "well oiled machine" and it is a credit to all of the management and staff."
Finally, Powder like I had never experienced, excellent guides in Mo and Jenny - Thank you , meeting the infamous Mike Wiegele and having a beer at the bar with Bob Rankin. There is little more I can say. My dream fulfilled.
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