Alaska Winter Activities | Tordrillo Mountain Lodge

Alaska Winter Activities

Tordrillo Mountain Lodge is the home base of endless adventures in the Alaskan backcountry. Surrounded by over 1 million acres of heli ski terrain and with 600 inches of light snow each winter season, our backyard offers some of the most exciting winter activities in Alaska. From heli skiing and boarding to snowshoeing and ice fishing, opting outside is easy at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge.

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Heli Skiing and Boarding

The endless terrain and colossal vertical feet paired with expert guides and pilots make heli skiing at Tordrillo unparalleled. Whether you’re an intermediate skier or a world-class carver, we will tailor your experience, dropping you at the best runs for your level. All you need to do is show up ready for an adventure, and we’ll handle the rest.

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Aircraft

Safety is our top priority when it comes to our fleet of aircraft. The foundation of our operation is the Eurocopter AS 350-B3, better known as the A-Star. A ride on the A-Star is the only way for skiers and boarders to explore the mountains and valleys that surround us. For transportation between Anchorage and Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, we use DeHavilland Beavers. In addition, a Piper Super Club is also available for remote scouting.

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Snow & Terrain

The Tordrillo Mountains offer some of the most diverse and exciting helicopter skiing and snowboarding terrain in the world, with over 1.2 million acres of terrain and 600 inches of snow each season. Runs top out at 7,500 feet and end at 2,000 feet with panoramic views of Denali and volcanic summits. Winter temperatures average 10 to 25 degrees F with powder snow and corn snow. Each day, our heli ski guides and pilots choose the best spots for the day’s activities based on field observations and snowpit data.

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Cross Country Skiing and Other Lodge-Based Activities

When it’s time to take a break from the slopes, we have plenty of other cold-weather activities to keep you busy. From cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or biking our 20 km of groomed trails to ice fishing or taking a cold plunge in our own Judd Lake, we encourage you take advantage of all our outdoor and indoor activities, including:

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snow Machine Tours
  • Fat Tire Biking
  • Ice Fishing
  • Target Shooting
  • Sporting Clays Shooting
  • Massage Therapy
  • Yoga
  • Cold Plunge in the Frozen Lake

Winter FAQs

  • When is the winter season at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge?

    The winter season runs from February through April. Our Kings and Corn season is June, and the summer season runs from July through September. Learn more about our dates and rates.

  • When is the best time to visit?

    We don’t operate during any “off-season” dates. Each week of the heli-ski season could be the best snow conditions of the whole year. The main difference between early dates (February & early March) and late season dates (late March & April), is the amount of daylight available. Shorter days in the early season generally mean that slopes are less affected by the sun—combine that with mid-winter’s consistent colder temperatures, and generally, there is more terrain with good snow available to ski.

    The later season offers more daylight which gives us the ability to mobilize later in the day and still get a full day of skiing. This is useful in avoiding weather events and hitting the good conditions window. However, more daylight can affect certain slope faces and generally we have less aspects that provide good skiing. Less terrain, but more time to access it. These late season weeks are some of our most popular, mostly due to other ski areas closing for the season in the lower 48.

  • What is the minimum length of stay for a winter heli ski trip?

    All of our winter heli ski trips are 7 days and 7 nights.

  • Why choose Tordrillo Mountain Lodge?

    Tordrillo Mountain Lodge is the most experienced Alaska heli skiing operator in the Tordrillo Mountains. Our expertise and service are unmatched in the industry, and our location experiences stable weather with clearer skies and more fly-able conditions than the rest of Alaska. Come experience a truly boutique operation where the guests are truly number one.

  • What certifications do your guides have?

    Our heli ski guides are certified in medical and avalanche protocols. Please take the time to look at each guide’s bio, and you will understand that they are career guides who have dedicated about 20 years in the industry. We pride ourselves as being state-of-the-art in all aspects of our business.

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Skier in a red jacket skies down a powdery Alaska mountain on a heli skiing excursion with Tordrillo Mountain Lodge.

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