Ever dreamt that you have your own mountain with your own ski lift just for you and your friends? To test what it's like to get as close as possible to that dream, I went to Blue River in British Columbia, Canada, together with some friends.
Mike Wiegele and Hans G. Moser came from Austria to Canada in the sixties to start a ski school in Lake Louise. After a few years they split up and each started a heliski operation, MW and CMH.
We checked in with MW in Blue River. Our group of 8 were assigned an A-star helicopter and two guides, the chief guide, Manfred Agerer and Chris.
At 8.30 am daily we loaded up for a long day of skiing in the vast Cariboos and Monashees mountain ranges. Blue River lies in a narrow valley dividing the two ranges so we easily had access to both of them. We could literally point to whatever peak we wanted to ski and ask the pilot to set us down there, provided our guides considered it safe from an avalanche point of view. And so we did!
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