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Alterra Mountain Company Closes Acquisition of Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing in British Columbia

Alterra Mountain Company has announced the closing of the purchase of Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing (MWHS) in Blue River, British Columbia, Canada, further expanding the company’s premium heli-skiing portfolio, complementing CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures.

“With the acquisition of Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing, we are excited to add another premier heli-skiing operation to the Alterra family,” said Jared Smith, President & CEO of Alterra Mountain Company. “We intend to continue the legacy that Mike Wiegele and his family built that helped set the standard for the extraordinary guest and employee experiences, which directly aligns with our values at Alterra.”

Alterra and the Wiegele family share an immense respect for the wilderness and mountain environment, and will continue to prioritize environmental sustainability, capital investment, and efforts to make mountain sports more accessible. In addition, Alterra recognizes that MWHS lies within the territory of the Simpcw First Nation and has worked closely with the Nation throughout the acquisition process.

“Alterra Mountain Company is the ideal partner to celebrate and preserve the legacy that Mike Wiegele left behind,” said Elias Ortner, General Manager of Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing. “Becoming a part of the Alterra family will propel this operation to new heights, allowing us to enhance the guest experience further and deepen our existing community and loyal guest partnerships.”

Established in 1970, MWHS is located in the heart of the magnificent Cariboo, Monashee, and Rocky Mountains ranges. This unique area of British Columbia is renowned as one of the world’s most productive regions for high-quality, reliable powder snow. The 1.5-million-acre ski terrain and its 1,000 peaks offer varied terrain that appeals to all levels of snow enthusiasts. The operation consists of 22 handcrafted log chalets, a 20,000-square-foot main lodge, the exclusive Albreda Lodge, and a full-service sports shop. MWHS is known for its deeply experienced and committed guides, exceptional culinary offerings, extraordinary service, and premier amenities.

About Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing (MWHS) was founded in 1970 by Mike Wiegele. Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing is located in Blue River, BC in the heart of the Cariboo and Monashee Mountains and is one of the world’s most productive regions for high quality, reliable powder snow. With more than 1.5 million acres and over 1,000 peaks, Mike Wiegele’s ski terrain offers world class skiing and boarding. Over its 54 years of operation, the resort has been an industry leader in safety procedures and protocol, guide training, and rescue response planning, actively participating in setting industry safety standards and continuously researching and improving accident loss prevention and safety programs. With over 50 years of knowledge and experience, Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing takes every measure possible to place safety as the #1 focus for all guests and staff. For more information, please visit

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