Taking off near Anchorage, you’re headed by prop plane deep into the Alaska Range and straight into some serious wilderness. Just 45 minutes later, you’ll touch down on the ice of Lake Judd. To your left is your home for the next seven days, Tordrillo Mountain Lodge — and yes, that’s a helicopter parked in the yard.
In the winter, Tordrillo Mountain Lodge offers insane heli skiing and boarding for intermediate and experts alike, and as one of the two, that’s why you’re here.
But you’d really be in the middle of nowhere if it wasn’t for the eight ski buddies who ventured into these parts almost two decades ago, fell in love with the incredible skiing and fishing, and started Tordrillo Mountain Lodge. But the founders aren’t just any dudes, the group includes Olympic downhill skiing gold medalist (and super-G silver medalist) Tommy Moe and Alaska heli ski veterans Mike Overcast and Greg Harms.
Together, they’ve built two lodges on the property: The 5,600 square foot Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, which sleeps 12, and the recently added Tordrillo Mountain Lodge 2 (TML2), a private, five bedroom cabin which sleeps eight.
The accommodations are warm, inviting, and accompanied by gourmet meals prepared by a world-class chef — but you’re here for the skiing.
Days kick off around 7 a.m. with an assessment of the weather. With good conditions, you’ll be headed out on the chopper or ski plane to spend all day shredding in the mountains. The chef back at the lodge hasn’t left you empty handed though; along for the ride are hot drinks, soup, and sandwiches which you’ll eat mountain side.
Back at the lodge you’ll wrap up an incredible day of skiing like so many have done before you, with stories, drinks, and more food. Or you could get a massage (yeah that sounds good).
Now just repeat all that for seven days and you’ve just had yourself a Tordrillo Mountain ski vacation.
PACKAGES AND ACTIVITIES
There are two main ways to experience Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, the All Ski Package and the Cast and Carve Package.
The All Ski Package takes place between February and March and is perfect for intermediate to expert skiers or boarders who can’t get enough mountain time. It includes seven nights lodging at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, seven days of heli skiing, one night accommodation in Anchorage before setting off on your adventure, roundtrip flights between the Anchorage area and the lodge, all the safety equipment you’ll need, and gourmet meals. Per person, that will set you back $11,500.
If you love to ski or board but seven days of non-stop mountain madness seems like an overkill, the Cast and Carve Package is a good bet (plus it’s cheaper). Only available in June, Cast and Carve will take you both fishing/heli fishing and heli skiing. You’ll get five nights lodging at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, five days of heli adventures, and everything else included in the All Ski Package. Per person, that will cost you $9,000.
Summer isn’t short on adventure either and makes for an epic wilderness escape if you’re not a skier. During summer months the Lodge offers heli fishing, heli hiking, rafting trips, and other water activities like canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, and wake boarding.
If you want to see even more of Alaska, the Lodge can create custom day and overnight trips by plane into the wilderness with great meals and accommodations at remote and historic lodges. One possibility: a trip to Katmai National Park, which is home to some of the best bear viewing in the world.
Add it to your bucket list.
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