Born in a rural canton in the Austrian Alps in 1938, Mike Wiegele took heli snowboarding from the outer fringes of the sport into the mainstream. Wiegele died recently at the age of 82, however his custom is forever sealed in the record of snowboarding history. He hosted the very first Powder 8 World Championship in 1978, a couple of years after founding Mike Wiegeles Heli Skiing in Blue River, BC. Understood for a remarkable devotion to security and skier experience, Wiegeles ended up being differentiated worldwide. Even those who never ever experience the motorized skiing experience will acknowledge Wiegeles name; it implied integrity and dedication to the sport. The heli op produced a remarkable documentary on Wiegele a couple of years earlier. We bring it to you when again here in honor of Mike. Related: [MUST WATCH] Zeppelin-skiing is the new heli-skiing The post Watch: An ode to Mike Wiegele, the papa of heli snowboarding appeared first on FREESKIER.