Summer has arrived at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing (MWHS) and the 22-chalet lakefront resort is expecting 2018 will be another great year for tourism in Blue River.
This year from June 1 to Sept. 29, MWHS opens its Sports Shop boutique located inside the Thunder Ridge Centre, Blue River Motel and Saddle Mountain Lodge and Restaurant for travelers looking for a unique and adventurous B.C. getaway from the everyday.
For nearly 50 years founder Mike Wiegele has grown global year-round markets for tourism in Blue River.
Wiegele said one of the features summer guests today have come to enjoy remains to be the resort’s scenic lakefront location.
“We have enjoyed watching our facilities evolve into a picturesque resort nestled in front of Eleanor Lake,” said Wiegele.
Since 1992 summer has become a busy time of year for the resort.
According to accommodations manager, Tracey Kellough, 2017 was a benchmark year for its operations and this year staff are forecasting another fantastic season ahead.
“In 2018, we are anticipating more growth in our European and Australian markets,” said Kellough. “Our guests can’t get over how beautiful and quiet our part of the world is—this is one of the many reasons that makes the MW Resort very unique.”
Saddle Mountain Restaurant (SMR) is also a special extension to its summer business and Wiegele explained that this restaurant is a culinary treasure in the valley, that he is also excited to offer.
“The food quality comes from our liking of good food and we have great chefs that lead us in our kitchen.”
SMR’s menu is full of house made options, including Mike’s Schnitzel and fresh pies, made daily with locally picked fruit by MWHS’s head executive chef Toni Spöri.
New to the SMR menu this season are the eight Peaks Burger lineup featuring house made burgers, named after the eight mountain peaks surrounding Blue River.
In addition to SMR’s burgers the kitchen is serving up SMR’s signature stone baked thin crust pizzas and fresh salads with house made dressings and dinner entrees – featuring fresh, local seasonal vegetables.
SMR’s desserts created by executive pastry chef Stefan Loesch are also a house made highlight.
SMR’s dessert lineup includes such favorites as Key lime Pie, Creamy Milk Chocolate Mousse served with fresh berries or SMR’s warm Powder-Max brownie, topped with house made salted caramel ice cream.
If you’re in the need of sports gear stop in the Sports Shop boutique and check out the inventory of top brand name lines including The North Face, Arc’teryx and Patagonia, at up to 50 per cent off all summer long.
MW Resort guests looking for the bird’s eye experience can visit Robson Heli-Magic throughout the summer in Valemount and receive a 10 per cent discount with receipt on a heli-tour, of the mountain ranges surroundings the Blue River area.
Summer allows almost anyone the opportunity to enjoy the top features of its location and resort amenities.
As Wiegele said, “It truly is one of the best kept secrets of the North Thompson Valley.”