Getting Here Your story begins
We offer some of the most convenient and reliable backcountry access in the heli-skiing industry, with easy access by air and road. Let us show you the best ways to get here.
Kamloops to Blue River
There are several options to arrive in Blue River from Kamloops and we have established relationships with hotels in Kamloops, which entitle you to special corporate rates: view the Enroute Hotels.
Courtesy Shuttle (for 7-day packages only)
It takes approximately 2.5 hours to drive the 214 km (133 miles) from the Kamloops Airport to Blue River. Our Courtesy Shuttle hosts pick up guests on Saturday mornings at the following locations.
|8:45 am||DoubleTree by Hilton|
|9:00 am||Thompson Hotel|
|9:15 am||Heffley Creek Store|
|12:00pm||Anticipated arrival in Blue River (weather/road conditions permitting)|
|12:30 pm||Departure from Blue River|
|3:30 pm||Anticipated arrival at the Kamloops Airport (weather/road conditions permitting)|
BC Budget Rental Car
Powder Ski Charters Driving Services
Private MWHS Helicopter
Guests may book a helicopter (Bell 212 for up to 10 guests or A Star for up to 4 guests). All flights subject to weather. Contact a reservations coordinator for details.
Private Plane to Blue River
Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing is committed to keeping the airstrip open in the winter for charters and private planes. There will be a landing fee in place. Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing takes no responsibility for any flights to Blue River and waives any responsibility for trip cancellation or interruption.
Flying into Blue River is highly dependent on good weather and visibility. Blue River is a mountainous area with constant weather changes. Be aware of the following: snow, icy runway, fog, clouds, rain, wind, wildlife. The following planes have landed here: King Air, Dash 4 and Lear Jets. Blue River has a 5,066 foot paved landing strip (uncontrolled aerodrome) located 1 km north of the Heli Village. No fueling or maintenance service is available.
Aircraft entering Canada may clear customs in Kamloops, BC daily from 8:30 am to midnight but may need an appointment.
|Notice to Airmen (NOTAM)
Flight Information Centre
|1.866.992.7433 (Toll-free North America)
|1.888.226.7277 (Toll-free North America)|
Prior permission from MWHS is required to land. Please contact MWHS at 250.673.8381.
Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing waives responsibility for trip cancellation or interruption resulting from any travel option listed. Flying into Blue River is highly dependent on good weather and visibility. Blue River is in a mountainous area with constant weather changes. Pilots may encounter adverse conditions including wildlife, fog, clouds, rain, snow, wind, or an icy runway. At present there is no instrument approach; however, an RNAV Instrument approach into Blue River is nearing approval by Transport Canada. If the scheduled aircraft cannot land in Blue River due to any of these conditions, delays will consequently incur and connecting flights could be affected. Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing takes no responsibility for any flights into Blue River and waives any responsibility for trip cancellation or interruption. We highly recommend that guests purchase travel insurance.
Where to Stay En Route
Our guests receive a special rate at selected hotels as they travel to and from Blue River. Please mention you will be our guest to receive the "Mike Wiegele Special Rate'' based on availability. (You need to call the local number for this rate.)
339 St Paul Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 2J5
|Hotel 540||540 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 2B2
Promo code: “ski” . (CLOSED fall 2018 for renovations. Re-open spring 2019)
|The Thompson Hotel & Conference Centre||650 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 2B4
Promo code: “heli”
Courtesy Shuttle Pickup available at all 3 locations.
|Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre||3240 Village Way, Sun Peaks, BC V0E 5N0
Courtesy Shuttle Pickup available at Heffley Creek if pre-arranged.