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 grew up in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and has lived and skied there his whole life. He has worked in many aspects of the ski industry, from ski racing to ski filming and now guiding. In 1992, Jon first experienced the Chugach Range in Valdez, Alaska, where he won the World Extreme Skiing Championship. In the years following, along with Doug & Emily Coombs and others, Jon pioneered many peaks and runs in the range. This experience naturally led to thirteen great years of Alaska guiding experience. When not at Tordrillo Lodge, his favorite place to ski, Jon guides at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
Safety will always come first with Jon; minimizing risk is essential to him, and he always strives to provide a fun-filled ski vacation. Jon’s training includes avalanche hazard assessment, route-finding, crevasse rescue, Outdoor Emergency Care Certification, and a lifetime of safely navigating some of the biggest mountains in the country. Moving through the mountains with confidence is second nature to Jon, as is guiding. With Jon, you’ll experience some of the best skiing of your life!
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.
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 Natioal Park and Girdwood, Alaska.
He’s the hand that feeds you. Chef Brendan Nolan comes to Tordrillo Mountain Lodge from the finest restaurants and hotels in the world, bringing with him a signature culinary style that delivers wholesome breads and pastries, hearty field lunches, après ski hors d’oeuvres, and multi-course meals that you’ll be talking about well after the trip. (It’s not uncommon for guests to photograph the food.) And he never takes Alaska’s bounty for granted. Working with statewide meat and produce suppliers, Nolan prides himself in planning menus around what is in season that week–or even that day. From fresh herbs and salads picked right from the garden at the lodge, to top cuts of meat and Alaska seafood, his focus is on preparing selections that are healthy, high energy and decadent.
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.