Powderbird will host two U.S. qualifying events in the Wasatch Range of Utah for the Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing World Powder 8 Championships, including a national championship qualifying event open to the public, with pre-registration required, from January 22-24, 2020 and a final world championships qualifying event during the U.S. Powder 8 National Championships, February 5-7, 2020.
At Powderbird we live for skiing untracked lines and sharing that experience with others. Cutting perfect 8s into a pristine alpine slope in unison with your ski partner represents the epitome of powder skiing. The ability to make consistent powder turns requires not only excellent technique, but also perfect synchronization, and when achieved is a representation of ultimate skill and grace in skiing.
Launched in 1980, the annual Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing Powder 8 World Championships was – for two decades – widely heralded as the pinnacle showcase event for synchronized powder skiing, where teams of two compete head-to-head in creating perfect ‘8s’ in deep powder snow.
To revive this legendary event Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing selected Powderbird as the only official Powder 8 venue to host the U.S. qualifying events for the Mike Wiegele World Powder 8 Championships, which are returning in 2020 to commemorate Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing’s 50th anniversary. The World Championship event in Blue River, BC will welcome teams from Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Canada, Germany, and the U.S.
To sign-up for the pre-qualifiers please call us directly at 801-742-2800.
I established the Powder 8 World Championship because I wanted to motivate and sponsor the sport of powder skiing. To inspire people to ski more and ski better.
- Mike Wiegele
From the very beginning, Mike Wiegele wanted to find a way to encourage people to learn, and to love skiing in pristine, ungroomed snow. Beginning in 1980, 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.
The eventual development of the "powder ski" enabled the average ski enthusiast to ski powder with much less effort and provided the watershed moment for the sport of powder skiing. The skis were quickly adopted by Powder 8 competitors, who cashed in on their advantages to develop a new, more dynamic and effortless techniques of skiing in deep, ungroomed snow.
This development in conjunction with the Powder 8 event is in turn widely recognized for popularizing the burgeoning freeskiing movement of the '80s and '90s, which now permeates ski culture and the experience of mountain resorts everywhere.