We know we’re not supposed to pick favorites, but after 15 years of skiing corn snow in the morning, fishing for king salmon at night. Fishing in the morning, skiing at night. Under the June midnight sun, the action doesn’t stop unless you want it to. And it’s all a short heli ride from the front door of Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, perched at the headwaters of the prolific Talachulitna River.
Corn snow, the result of melt-freeze cycles, is ideal for heli skiing and boarding–it even holds up well in our margaritas. Pebble-size kernels of softening ice have a soft carve able surface and our guides are experienced harvesters who know how to predict the best timing for the best locations. Count on corn runs during the morning hours, or at the end of the day, after the cooling has refrozen the round crystals. Most days we experience a carve able surface for T-shirt skiing in 75 degrees.
After lunch and a quick gear swap, it’s guided fly-in fishing for the legendary Alaska King Salmon and trophy-class rainbow trout. With kings commonly weighing in between 35 and 50 pounds, it only takes one. But where’s the fun in that?
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