Experience Alaska’s Wilderness Lodge
Prepare for the Possibilities
Pioneering still exists in the Tordrillos. The size of our permit area dwarfs all other locations, providing you an unparalleled Alaska Wilderness Lodge experience. Together, heli ski guides and guests explore the Alaska Range, one of the state’s largest and most geographically diverse mountain ranges. Experience Alaska heli skiing and boarding terrain delivers a choice of massive glaciers, couloir-incised peaks and soft powder turns. Descend some of the most outstanding heli ski terrain on and around nearby volcanic peaks Mount Gerdine (11,258 feet) and Mount Torbert (11,413 feet).
Consistent snowfalls result in one of the deepest snow packs in the area. The Tordrillo Range is also known for stable weather conditions and clearing trends, which offer ideal opportunities for the helicopter activities. As the most experienced heli ski operator guiding the Tordrillos, we continue to grow our expertise in the same way we always have–by finding our comfort level, then pushing it just a little further. A-star B3 helicopters, lodge-based ski planes, weather stations, fixed repeater sites, satellite phones, fuel depots and GPS navigation allow us to continually uncover new areas of Alaska’s winter snowscape. We invite you to be part of the discovery!
Tordrillo Mountain Lodges and Amenities
Just a 40-minute flight from Anchorage, Tordrillo Mountain Lodge is a remote, multi-sport luxurious lodge in the heart of the Tordrillo Range. Located on the banks of the Talachulitna River and Judd Lake, it is within eye shot of two 11,000-foot volcanoes and Mount McKinley, North America’s tallest peak at 20,320 feet. Find a quiet corner on the deck and take it all in, cast a line from the lawn and enjoy the lodges and amenities.
A blend of posh amenities and rustic Alaskan architecture, this 5,600-foot log structure has walls of windows and three large cedar decks that overlook the Judd Lake and the Alaska Range. In addition to the deluxe guest rooms, the family room and grand living room offer a cozy atmosphere for fireside chats, reading or relaxing with a glass of hand-selected wine from our 200-bottle cellar. Other features include a lakeside, wood-fired hot tub and sauna, professional massage services, media, music and wireless Internet. If there’s anything else you need, just let us know.
History of Tordrillo Mountain Lodge
The rich history of Tordrillo Mountain Lodge started with 10 barrels of jet fuel, eight long-time ski buddies, and a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter with its nose pointed toward the Tordrillo Mountains in the Alaska Range. By the end of a week spent corn skiing and king salmon fishing under the June midnight sun, everyone was speechless.
For almost two decades since, Olympic gold medalist and guide Tommy Moe, and Alaska heli ski pioneers Greg Harms and Mike Overcast, all owners of Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, have been sharing this experience and other firsts with skiers, boarders, and adventure seekers from around the world. Known for pioneering more new heli ski terrain than anyone in Alaska, the group combines their years of exploring and mapping this area with the industry’s most accomplished backcountry guides to offer Alaska heli skiing, heli boarding, heli fishing and guided outdoor adventures that are unrivaled. Come visit us to join our rich history of adventure and exploration.
Gourmet cuisine: The taste of adventure
At Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, cuisine is part of the adventure. Your day starts with a breakfast buffet that includes fresh fruit, homemade pastries, and a hot dish, all served with international coffees and teas. Homemade soups, gourmet sandwiches, and loaded brownies fuel the back half of the day. And always feel free to help yourself to anything in the refrigerator or pantry.
Our gourmet cuisine is served in a cozy, intimate setting. Dinner is nothing short of a gourmet gastronomical experience, replete with suggested wine pairings. Our courses feature seasonal herbs and fresh vegetables from our garden, Alaska seafood, and regional game dishes. Fresh Kachemak Bay oysters, white king salmon, Alaska king crab, halibut, black cod and scallops are some of the regional specialties you can expect to see featured as appetizers and entrees, along with specialty game dishes such as elk, lamb and pheasant. Special diets are also accommodated with advance notice. Experience gourmet cuisine and luxury in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness.
Lodge Wine Spirits
Along with our reputation as a world-class heli skiing destination, Tordrillo Mountain Lodge boasts a sophisticated wine collection. Our 200-bottle cellar houses top-shelf wines from around the world that are selected by sommeliers who know our menus and our clients’ discerning palettes. Bins include Italian greats like Sassacaia, Ornellaia, and Gaja, along with award winners from Bordeaux, Napa Valley top picks, Pacific Northwest pinots, and premium selections from Australia and New Zealand. Our wine list is available upon request.
For every adventure in the great Alaska outdoors, there is an aprés ski or fishing story waiting to be told indoors at the Silvertip, our full-service bar that offers local, handcrafted beers, signature drinks and premium pours. Don’t miss happy hour that always surprises guests with a new spread of appetizers ranging from warm Swiss Raclette to Alaska sushi and hand tossed pizzas.
Meet The Tordrillo Mountain Lodge Staff
The Tordrillo Mountain Lodge staff are accommodating and welcoming and our certified Alaska heli skiing guides are among the most experienced in all of the world.
Since his grade school days when his father let him play hooky to ski powder, Tommy Moe knew that the sport would be part of his future. What he didn’t know was that he would become a world cup contender and take home the gold in the Lillehammer, Norway, in 1994, Moe won the downhill by .04 of a second, followed by a silver in the Super G.
Or that he would strike gold again when he discovered skiing in the Tordrillos. As a partner and founder in Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, today Moe finds the greatest reward in sharing the property and newly-discovered terrain with skiers and snowboarders seeking the trip of a lifetime, whether it’s a week of powder skiing in the winter, whitewater rafting the Tal and Coal Creek or paddle boarding under the summer midnight sun.
Tommy has been skiing and rafting the Alaska wilderness for over 25 years, he has intimate knowledge of the mountains and rivers and is a certified WFR since 2000. He resides in Jackson Hole, Wyoming with his wife Megan Gerety and two young daughters Taylor and Taryn.
We call him Overchill. After 20 years of pioneering and guiding heli terrain, along with his extensive experience as a snow blaster, avalanche consultant, and wilderness guide, Mike Overcast has become regarded as an expert in anything that involves snow in Alaska, having guided skiers in Valdez, Girdwood, Seward, Hatcher Pass, and in the Tordrillo and Neacola Mountain ranges.
In addition to being an owner of Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, he was a founding partner of Chugach Powder Guides where he worked with some of the best avalanche experts in the industry including Dave Hamre and Frank Coffey.
A Jackson Hole, Wyoming, native he has also been pioneering river corridors throughout Southcentral Alaska since 1992 when he and business partner Tommy Moe started their first outfitting business, guiding guests down some of the most difficult whitewater rivers in Alaska. Today he splits his time between Jackson Hole and the lodge, spending winters skiing and boarding and summers fishing and running whitewater. Mike’s certifications are WFR, OEC, Level 3 Mechanized Heli ski guide, and BLS.
In his 23 years guiding heli skiers and snowboarders, Tordrillo Mountain Lodge co-owner Greg Harms has spent almost 5,000 days on snow. It may mean he’s certifiably crazy. It certainly qualifies him to be Alaska’s lead guide and the backbone of our team. Since starting to work with lodge co-owners Mike Overcast and Tommy Moe almost a decade ago, he has shared the vision of opening the Tordrillos and making the region one of the most talked-about winter programs in the ski world.
Harms continues to pioneer new territories for skiing in Alaska and recently set a world record for making 101 different runs in a 24-hour period at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge. He is also an owner and lead guide of a heli ski operation outside of Santiago, Chile, and speaks fluent Spanish. Harms is certified by Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors, earned his Level 3 Mechanized Ski Guide ranking from the U.S. Heli Ski Association, and is an avalanche expert.
Jon Hunt is one of the finest powder skiers we have around on the TML guide roster. No doubt that 20 plus years as an Alaskan guide, Jackson local, and renowned athlete, make him uniquely qualified to find the powder and keep you safe. Jon is back this season from his medical leave to replace his knee. Expect the same smooth operator, and maybe a little more. Jon spends his early season in Jackson skiing with guests in the JHMR backcountry as a resort guide. Jon skis guests though the best lines…behind the lines. His insatiable desire to deliver the goods takes to a higher level when operating from a helicopter instead of on his feet. His keen eyes can be trusted. For those who get to ski with him, consider yourself in the very best hands.
Mike Davidson has been an Alaska resident for over 30 years. As an Alaskan local, Mike has made his home in the mountains of Alaska, working in Snow Safety and Helicopter skiing for the last 19 years. An accomplished skier and guide, Mike honed his skills at the Alyeska Ski Patrol and then applied his knowledge to the heli-skiing world in the Western Chugach. Working as a whitewater raft guide, remote expedition guide, and fishing guide, Mike has traveled and guided throughout Alaska. Whether it’s skiing in the Tordrillo’s, fishing in Katmai, or exploring the Wrangell’s, Mike has your trip covered.
When not guiding, Mike works as a Firefighter and Paramedic in Anchorage. Mike’s qualifications include his work as a licensed Paramedic with certifications in Advanced Life Support and Air Medical Evacuation. Mike enjoys flying his Cessna throughout the state and spending time fishing and skiing with his family in Alaska.
Safe to say Bruce Keller is the only guide in the Western Hemisphere who started his career with double degrees in psychology and political science. It’s not likely that running for office is his next move, but guests will vouch for his expert knowledge of the mountains and weather patterns of the Tordrillos, and knowing how to help any skier find their happy place. With 17 years of experience in Alaska, Wyoming, Colorado, and Arizona–he is also a top river guide in the Grand Canyon–Keller also teaches while maintaining credentials for winter guiding, skiing, and mountaineering.
Lel Tone grew up in Switzerland and started her skiing career in the Alps at the age of three. She ski raced during her college years in Vermont and even had a short stint competing in Extreme competitions when she moved to Squaw Valley in 1994. Lel has been a member of the Squaw Valley ski patrol since 1994 and as of 2004 became the Assistant avalanche forecaster there.
Lel has been guiding in the Chugach mountains since 1999 and in 2000 became a guide at Chugach Powder Guides. Lel is a licensed blaster in the state of California and is an Avalanche control route leader at Squaw. She has her Level 1, 2, and 3 avalanche certifications and is an AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) Level 1 and 2 avalanche instructor. Since 2004 Lel has been teaching avalanche courses in the Lake Tahoe area and far beyond in South America. Lel feels passionately about teaching people about the miracle of snow science and how to travel safely in the mountains. She has been an EMT since 1989 and a professional member of the American Avalanche Association since 2000. Currently she holds the Ethics Chair position for the American Avalanche Association and is a Guide member of Heli Ski US.
Last season, Lel was fortunate enough to travel to Kasmir, India to heli ski in the Himalaya and film with Warren Miller in the most recent film ”Like There’s No Tomorrow”. Most recently, she has been involved in designing technical outdoor clothing for Eddie Bauer’s, First Ascent line. The whole experience of creating specific pieces for what she needs to get the job done and the guide built process in general has been pleasure to work on. To read more about Lel and this process… Click Here
A Jackson, Wyoming resident, Mike keeps his head in the snow during the winter months running the avalanche program of the Jackson Hole Ski Patrol as well as forecasting for one of the top avalanche centers in the world, the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center. In the summer months he is the owner/operator of Grand Fishing Adventures, Jackson’s premier fly fishing guide service and shop. He has skied Alaska since the early heli skiing pioneering days of the early nineties. Top priorities for Mike are floating and skiing with his wife and daughter who are both better skiers than he is.
This year will mark 20 years of ski guiding in Alaska for Bill, ten of those years have been exploring the vast Tordrillo Mountain and Neacola ranges from Tordrillo Mountain Lodge.
His Alaska guiding experience also includes a decade skiing both the eastern and western Chugach range from Girdwood to Valdez. When not in Alaska, you may find Bill guiding skiing or climbing in France, Switzerland, Italy, South America, Antarctica, Japan and the western United States. When Bill is at home, He works for Exum Mountain Guides guiding, climbing, and skiing as a senior guide.
He is a full certified International Mountain Guide (IFMGA) guide having successfully completed the AMGA Rock, Ski Mountaineering and Alpine Climbing programs.
Bill says, “Whether it’s repeating a classic line in the Tordrillo mountains or pioneering a new one, sharing the adventure is the most important part!”
Her Southern charm is as smooth as Judd Lake at dawn and her warm hospitality makes guests feel at home the minute they step off the plane. To everyone else, lodge manager Bret Gilleland is known as boss lady. When she’s not coordinating flight crews, ordering supplies, scheduling guides, or overseeing housekeeping, she’s likely taking in the winter’s endless couloirs, or looking forward to an endless day of fishing. She’s also gardener extraordinaire. Originally from Georgia, Gilleland made her way to the Tordrillos via Steamboat Springs, Colorado, then Katmai National Park and Girdwood, Alaska.
Brendan is from New York City and grew up in the Finger Lakes section of New York State. His passion for all things cooking began early in life, because he had a very large appetite as a child. Brendan graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and worked in Europe of several years. Upon returning to the United States, he embarked on a 10-year stint with Four Seasons Hotels, including stops in Santa Barbara, Chicago, and Boston. He began working in Alaska in 2004 and has returned every year since. Brendan is an avid skier and mountain biker. He also spends his down time strumming his guitar and crooning pop-rock standards.
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Wes Wylie is convinced that he would’ve grown to be six-feet tall if not for a ski injury that fractured his right femur at the age of four at Mt. Norquey in Banff. He continued to ski all over the Canadian Rockies and most major mountain ranges of British Columbia until his first forage into Alaska in the mid 1980’s when he spent four weeks climbing/skiing Mount McKinley and he was hooked.
From there, he eventually ended up in Valdez where he spent 15 years promoting the Heli‐Ski industry, ten of which he was guiding. His favorite mountain range has always been the Tordrillo’s since he first skied them in 1998 with Overcast, Moe and Nobis. He has oodles of guiding experience in Alaska and Utah and numerous certificates and affiliations including CSGA in 1997, NSP Level III, Avalanche I and II and Guide Member of the US Heli-Ski Association.
If that weren’t enough, he received his medical degree through the University of Texas and completed his residency at the Texas Medical Center in Houston. He’s certified in Advanced Trauma and Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Life Support and OEC. He currently resides in Park City, Utah where he is a Private Practice Physician during the summers.