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Tordrillo Range, Alaska

Summer in Alaska.

We know we’re not supposed to pick favorites, but after 20 years of skiing corn snow in the morning and fishing for king salmon at night, it is pretty difficult not to love Kings and Corn.

Kings and Corn: cast and carve your way through the day with summer heli skiing plus guided fly-in fishing for the legendary Alaska King Salmon at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, Alaska. With the June midnight sun, the action doesn’t stop unless you want it to. All of Kings and Corn’s adventures are just 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 Alaska 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. One Kings and Corn highlight is experiencing 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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