Blue River, British Columbia

Best place to be pampered

Skiing Blue River

Skiing Blue River     Photo: Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing

At Wiegele World, as this company that works out of the Cariboos and Monashees is often called, the folks aren’t afraid to use words like exclusive and luxury. Think of Mike Weigele’s company as the Deer Valley of the sky with a self-contained village featuring handcrafted log cabins, an award-winning wine cellar, and lobster on the menu. Of course there is skiing too, with 1.2 million acres out the door—that’s 96 Whistler-Blackcombs—and some 30 feet of annual BC fluff to play in. You’re guaranteed to get about 80,000 vertical a week but don’t sweat it if you go over that: With unlimited vertical those extra turns come for free. A new super elite package for strong skiers guarantees 100,000 vertical feet and quick turn arounds—with just two groups per Bell 212. At $12,348 for a "super elite" weeklong package, all the more reason to load up on that free beer at the end of each day. (Come April you can save as much as $1,000 on seven-day packages; Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing, 800-661-9170;

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