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Our Family "Colleagues" seems a little formal

We’re a family-owned and operated business, but our idea of family goes beyond just the Wiegele name and into everything we do. It comes out in the way we treat our guests, the way we treat the mountains we call home, and in the way we treat each other. It’s the reason we have some of the longest serving guides and most loyal guests in the industry. Welcome to the family.

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FOUNDER, OWNER & GUIDE Mike Wiegele

For decades, I’ve been sharing my love for the mountains with a passionate group of people who help bring our guests dreams to life. Every one of our guides has proven they are among the most qualified skiers, instructors and first-aiders in the world. And every member of our staff have set themselves apart through their professional skills and dedication to our guests. But, most importantly, everyone here has earned the trust and friendship of our entire team with their personalities. Get to know the people who make Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing possible.

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Albreda Lodge Manager
Tamara Salzmann

Born and raised on her family guest ranch, Tamara knows how to be the best host of the exclusive and luxurious Albreda Lodge. Tamara recently completed her Masters in Business Administration holds a Batchelor degree majoring in Tourism and Hospitality Management in nearby Kamloops. On a great powder day, she is torn between choosing the Burton Fish or the Volkl Kiku skis and favours alpine runs like Most Mag for it’s enormous size and it’s beautiful views.
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Lead Heli-ski Guide
Jason Martin

Growing up in Ontario and skiing since the young age of 3, Jason remembers always seeing Wiegele articles in Ski Canada Magazines when he would fly out West for the annual family ski trips. After ski instructing, ski race coaching and completing the Ski Resort Operations and Management program at Selkirk College in Nelson, Jason found his new home in Blue River as a heliski guide in 2006. Jason can always be found smiling, sporting a “no stress” attitude and wearing flip flops all year long.
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Radio Operator
Barb Quinn

Barb is what you would call a true Blue River “local”. She moved to Blue River in 1978 and has seen the development of the famous heli-ski resort since day one. Barb and her husband trained avalanche rescue dogs and were involved in the MWHS guide training throughout the early years. Eventually her fondness for the heli-ski guides lead her to the Guides Haus where she now operates the dispatch command center. Although Barb prefers to ski the many resort nordic trails, her favourite heli-ski run is Diamond Head because she can see it from her office window.
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Senior Lead Heli-ski Guide
Mike Hainault

Skiing since he was 9 years old in his home resort of Camp Fortune, Mike began his skiing career as an elite level coach and ski instructor. After skiing 4 different continents it was apparent the best powder stashes were in Wiegele World where he finally joined the family in 2000. His love is shared between powder and dirt and spends his summers mountain biking.
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Guest Relations
Rachel Loesch

When you have travelled more than 30 countries and have worked at some elite luxury establishments abroad such as the Adlon Hotel in Berlin, you can bet that you have an expansive understanding of food, fine wines and most importantly guest services. Rachel brings all of this to the team plus a love for champagne powder.
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Senior Lead Heli-ski Guide & Operations Manager
Bob Sayer

Bob’s Wiegele story starts when he was 18 years old, walking out of a theatre after seeing MWHS featured in a Warren Miller movie saying “that’s what I want to be when I grow up.” While ski patrolling, he entered and won the Canadian Powder Championships at Wiegele World in 1987 and never left. He is as equally skilled on his Burton Fish snowboard as he is on his Atomic Ritual skis and often guides on both. In the summer months he can be found running & biking up mountains and swimming in lakes training for the next triathlon.
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Reservations Supervisor
Tshering Tobgay

Born and raised in Bhutan, Tshering moved to BC to pursue his degree in Tourism Management. His love for travel, photography and the outdoors brought him to Blue River where he keeps everything running perfect behind the scenes. He declares that the secret to staying calm and happy is meditation…and powder skiing does the job too.
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Senior Lead Heli-ski Guide & Assistant Operations Manager
Elias Ortner

Born and raised in Austria, Elias naturally began his love of ski at age 3. While working in the ski industry in Salzburg and mountaineering throughout Austria, Elias had heard of Mike Wiegele and it was an instinctive move to Wiegele World in 2007. Known for his calm and easy going demeanour while skiing, Elias names Harrison Glacier as his favourite run because of it’s high alpine start that runs to the valley floor in the trees – 4000 vertical feet.
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Maitre D’Hotel
Romain Gagne

You know you are in the best hands when Romain is serving you. Since joining our family in 1996, he has experienced plenty and has many stories to share. His most favourite run happens to also be his most memorable run. It was his first heliski experience and it was guided by Mike Wiegele himself, and accompanied by Crazy Canuck Steve Podborski. It was Most Magnificent – a long and beautiful glacier run where 400 consecutive turns is not uncommon. Romain is definitely our Gastronomy Guide.
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Sport Shop & Retail Manager
Dan Tyndall

When you arrive in Blue River, one of the first places you head for is the Sport Shop and this is where you will find Dan’s smiling face. Dan is the man that helps you get outfitted from head to toe and ready for the deep powder. His product knowledge, advice and boot fitting skills are unparalleled. He is an avid lifelong skier that lists the Volkl BMT 122 as his current favourite ski for it’s stability, fun factor and ease to ski in powder.
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Executive Chef
Toni Spori

Moving to Canada from Switzerland, Toni joined the Wiegele family in 1990. Since then he has been successfully elevating our fine dining to the highest level. He is passionate about food and is on the pulse of new food trends. Toni's delicious meals are pleasantly responsible for what our guests refer to as the "Wiegele heli-belly"; it is so good, you just keep going back for more! During the summer months, he is happily travelling and riding his Harley.
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Head Chef
Jimmy McDermott

Jimmy moved from Ireland as a child to Northern Canada where his passion for the outdoors was established when he learned to ski within his first month of living here. Jimmy’s culinary talents brought him to Wiegele World in 1998 and he considers himself fortunate to spend his days with others who are equally passionate about food and deep powder. His summers are at a slower pace spent with his family in Kamloops, riding mountain bikes and gardening.
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Senior Lead Heli-ski Guide
Erich Schadinger

Not only has Erich skied all over the world, but also he has been with MWHS since 1978! He provides a wealth of knowledge and experience to his guests and has a deep passion for the outdoors. His favourite run is Cobra, but he can’t tell you why – it is top secret and you have to ski it with him to know why.
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Senior Lead Heli-ski Guide
Bill Mark

Born and raised in the mountains of New Zealand, Bill’s passion for the mountains and skiing eventually brought him to Canada. Bill has an impressive history of involvement within the Avalanche Safety Industry including being a past president of the Canadian Avalanche Association. It was a natural progression to heli-ski guiding where he finally moved to Wiegele World in 1999. Besides being known for his kiwi accent or supernatural ability to sniff out the best powder, he can also make the best latte in the Guides Haus.
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Senior Lead Heli-ski Guide
Bob Rankin

Bob spent his youth ski racing in Lake Louise and later began ski patrolling at Mt. Norquay where his path finally crossed with Mike Wiegele. Deciding he liked powder more than moguls, Bob pursued a career as a heli-ski guide following Mike to Blue River in 1990. A few fun highlights over the years includes guiding and skiing in a few Warren Miller movies and ski stunt doubling for Hollywood flicks. He is truly humble when he speaks of these experiences and he is most happy when he is in the mountains skiing and sharing his secret lines with his guests.
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Senior Lead Heli-ski Guide
Barry Widas

Barry started his first ski job in Banff in 1976 and naturally followed the call of powder to Wiegele World in 1989. Not only has he guiding extensively, he was also involved in building the resort from the ground up as a carpenter in the early development of the 1980’s. Known and loved by his friends as “the Poodle”, he has racked up more than 60 million vertical feet so far. His knowledge and experience is unparalleled.
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Lead Heli-ski Guide
Crosby Johnston

Crosby first came to Wiegele World in 2000 with the intention to play for a season but fell in love with everything about it and began immediately training to become a heli-ski guide. Lots of dedication and hard work later, he is now an accomplished IFMFA/ACMG Mountain Guide and a CSGA III heli-ski guide and has racked up millions of vertical feet of heli-skiing over the years. Crosby is a very mindful leader and strives to help everyone find his or her limits in a safe and fun environment.
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Owner/Operator/President
Michelle Wiegele

Born with skiing in her blood, Michelle feels most alive with a board strapped to her feet on a powder slope. She has been an instrumental part of the creation of MWHS over the many years and now finds keen interest in the snow science industry. It is not uncommon to find Michelle circulating the dining room regularly meeting and greeting guests with her amazing positive energy that she derives from the mountains she loves.
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Lead Heli-ski Guide
Jenny Citherlet

Born and raised in Switzerland, Jenny started skiing and the young age of 3 and has been in love with the sport and the mountains every since. Jenny has been sharing her passion and enthusiasm now as a heli-ski guide in Wiegele World since 2006. Her quick-witted sense of humour and powerful skiing ability make her a fun and fast guide to follow through the mountains.
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Senior Lead Heli-ski Guide & Sales Team Member
Tim McLean

Tim grew up in northern Ontario where his passion for outdoor pursuits were established. After completing his Adventure Tourism Diploma he spent the winters ski touring and the summers raft guiding until the love of the powder brought him to Wiegele World in 1996. Many millions of vertical feet later, Tim now guides in the world’s best powder in the winter and travels during the summer to promote as part of the Sales team. Tim names his biggest benefit of heli-ski guiding is that his guests become life long friends.
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Lead Heli-ski Guide
Jordan Stiefvater

Raised within the family run hotel on Vancouver Island, hospitality was ingrained in Jordan, which in turn makes him one of the most congenial heli-ski guides in Wiegele World. After completing the Ski Resort Operations & Management Course in 2005, he journeyed to the peaks of Blue River and began his guiding career. Even after more than 10 years here, he can’t settle on his all-time favourite run as a new one is discovered every season.
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Guest Relations & Sales Manager
Daniela Aufschnaiter

Since 1994, Daniela has been part of the extended Wiegele heli-ski family. After growing up skiing in Austria and completing a tourism degree, she flew to Canada, backpacked around BC and met her late husband Andy. Over the years Daniela has been a key part of many departments within MWHS. Throughout the ski season, Daniela looks forward to welcoming guests to the Wiegele experience.
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Lead Heli-ski Guide
Sebastien Barlerin

Sebastien’s skiing roots began way back when he learnt to ski in preschool in Norway. Since then, he grew up travelling and living all over the world with his family to finally spend his winters heli-ski guiding in Blue River and summers climbing and biking in Colorado. His worldly attitude combined with his contagious passion for heli-skiing make him an exceptional guide to ski with and a fun guy to be around.