A classic competition will land back on the slopes of Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing’s (MWHS) tenure this winter with the return of the Powder 8 World Championships.
After being launched in 1980 the competition attracted teams of two from around the world to go head-to-head to make perfect figure eights in the light powder. For two decades the B.C. resort was home to the event which helped spark the freeskiing movement in the 1980’s and 90’s.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of MWHS the event will return in 2020.
Powderbird, a helicopter skiing company in Utah, will host the U.S. qualifying event from February 5 to 7 before the championships in Blue River, B.C., March 31 to April 3.
Teams from Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Canada and the U.S. are expected to take part.
“I established Powder 8 World Championship because I wanted to motivate and sponsor the sport of powder skiing. To ski more and ski better,” Mike Wiegele said. “We are excited to once again host the world’s best powder 8 skiers in the world’s best snow.”