You probably already know the name Mike Wiegele. If not, to sum up his legendary business/career in a few words, he is one of the pioneers of helicopter and powder skiing.
Here’s a blurb from Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing’s website about the history and reemergence of the event.
“From the very beginning, Mike Wiegele wanted to find a way to encourage people to learn, and to love skiing in pristine, ungroomed snow. Powder 8s were a way to showcase what great powder skiing looks like, as well a path to perfecting and evolving the art of powder skiing.
Launched in 1980, the annual MWHS Powder 8 World Championships was – for two decades – widely heralded as the pinnacle showcase event for synchronized powder skiing, where teams of two competed head-to-head in creating perfect ‘8s’ in deep powder snow.”
This competition sounds like a dream to watch. Basically, pairs of skiers try to make the most perfect figure 8s down a slope in deep powder.
Teams can register for the Pre-Qualifiers that will take place with the assistance of Powderbird in Utah. The Powder 8 World Championships will take place March 21-April 3, 2020 in Blue River, BC. I can’t wait to see the footy of this competition!