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Farm to Table - Alaska Luxury Wilderness Lodge

Tordrillo Mountain Lodge has a long history of fine dining and an even longer tradition of farm to table at their Alaska Luxury Wilderness Lodge. Just because you've opted for a remote adventure in Alaska is no reason to miss out on eating well.

The chef at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge sources all meat and seafood locally and herbs and vegetables are grown locally as well. This intimate Alaska Luxury Wilderness Lodge allows the chef to prepare each dish as if he is cooking only for you. If you have dietary restrictions we are happy to prepare dishes that keep you healthy and on track. Alaska is a great place to enjoy King Crab and King Salmon and the taste is out of this world.

Every meal at Tordrillo Mountain's Alaska Luxury Wilderness Lodge is focused on freshness and presentation. You may be at a remote Wilderness Lodge, but the taste is worthy of any top metropolitan city. The best part is that after a day of heli-skiing, fishing, biking, hiking, SUPing, and more, you have earned every bite!

Best Alaska Heli Skiing

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Best Alaska heli skiing packages on offer at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge

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Tordrillo Mountain Lodge is offering last-minute openings for April's Best Alaska heli skiing packages that include outings with Olympic gold medalist and lodge co-owner Tommy Moe.

Guests booking the April 13-21 package will stay at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge and ski near the property's Judd Lake location. Package rates bundle guide services, gear use (including Marmot clothing and Wagner skis), sauna and massage options, plus meals and overnight accommodations at the lodge. A pre-trip overnight at Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage and transfers to and from Anchorage are also included.

Moe was the first American skier to win two medals in one year of the Olympics, claiming gold and silver honors at the 1994 Lillehammer games.

The April heli-skiing package at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge costs $14,000 for the week. For details, visit the lodge's website.

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Conde Nast Traveler: There’s still ample powder for outdoor adventuring this late in the season, especially if you want an extreme adventure with former Olympian Tommy Moe, who co-owns Alaska's Best Heli Skiing operation at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, a short flight out of Anchorage. (One recent storm in Alaska dumped 10 inches of snow in an hour.) Come to Tordrillo Mountain Lodge for an all-inclusive getaway packed with extreme sports like Alaska heli-skiing, snow hiking and fat biking. Combine it with a trip to nearby Denali National Park, the six million-acre wilderness that’s home to North America’s tallest peak, the namesake, 20,000-foot mountain.

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The Only Way to Experience Alaska’s Denali National Park in Luxury

Sheldon Chalet has opened in the shadow of North America’s tallest mountain.

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You arrive at the newly opened Sheldon Chalet, a luxury mountain retreat nestled deep inside Denali National Park, after a thrilling, IMAX-like helicopter ride that wends through the rugged Alaska Range to the Sheldon Amphitheater, a 35-square-mile glacier valley in the shadow of North America’s tallest mountain. Talk about making an entrance: Guests are greeted with Alaskan seafood hors d’oeuvres and a glass of much-needed Champagne after experiencing such dizzying heights and vast colossal landscapes. “They have a hard time reconciling the grandeur they’ve just experienced,” says Marne Sheldon, who operates the chalet with her husband, Robert. “They’re in awe.”

Perched at 6,000 feet on a snow-laden, granite outcropping that presides over a sprawling glacier, the modern, five-bedroom chalet is just a stone’s throw away from the property’s original rustic backcountry refuge built by Robert’s father, Don, whose pioneering work in Alaska as a pilot and land surveyor resulted in the state naming a natural amphitheater in his honor. In the 1950s under the Homestead Act, the Sheldon Family was granted the 5 acres of private land that encompasses the outcropping, called a nunatak, a unique distinction that was grandfathered when the national park was later established. A few years ago, this generation of Sheldons began construction of the new chalet, airlifting in every window and wood plank. Today, the only other way one can sleep so close to Mt. Denali is in a tent with an ice axe.

At home in the comfort of Sheldon Chalet, however, guests—of which there are only a maximum of 10 at any given time—are treated to Denali’s magnificence with none of the privations intrepid mountaineers must endure. They can cozy up with a faux-fur throw in the communal living room, or warm up on the rooftop sauna. In the dining room, they can feast on barbecued Alaskan oysters, prepared by a former celebrity chef, and served on a handcrafted birch-wood table.

Comforts aside, however, the main attraction lies on the other side of Sheldon Chalet’s panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows: the occasional blizzard and rumbling avalanche, streaks of pastel rays at sunrise, and, in late afternoon, the ethereal neon of alpenglow cast across a cathedral of jagged peaks. For much of the year, aurora borealis ignites the night sky. Depending on the season—not to mention, of course, the elements—guests can also embark on guided expeditions like fishingheli-skiing (with neighboring outfitter Tordrillo Mountain Lodge), and an adventurous trek across the Ruth Glacier.

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Snow Sucks? Rent a Heli.

It's time to book a ticket north says Outside Magazine Online

Tordrillo Mountain Lodge - Anchorage, Alaska

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This lakeshore lodge located within eyeshot of two 11,000-foot volcanoes and Denali, the highest peak in the U.S., is also home to one of the most exclusive heli operations in the world says Outside Magazine Online. Despite being a 40-minute plane ride from Anchorage, the lodge offers high-speed WiFi, a wood-fired sauna, and a $500 bottle wine cellar. Of course, all of that comes at a price as an eight-day start at $14,000.

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Helicopter Skiing with Olympic Downhill Champion Tommy Moe

Helicopter Skiing with Olympic Downhill Champion Tommy Moe

Heli Ski with Olympic Downhill Champion Tommy Moe!

April 13th – April 21st 2018

Don’t miss this opportunity to blaze new paths
with a true skiing legend.

Olympic gold-medalist Tommy Moe


Helicopter Skiing with Olympic Downhill Champion Tommy Moe

With the 2018 Winter Games coming to a close, don’t miss this chance for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to heli ski with Olympic gold medalist Tommy Moe. Tommy was the only American to win two medals in the same Olympics in the 1994 Lillehammer Games, and he was the last American to win gold in the downhill event. The 2018 U.S. Ski Team uniforms by Spyder are also named after him.


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

Alaska Heli Skiing at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge


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 skiing Alaska 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!

Come with friends, come with family or come solo!  Space is limited so claim your spots now!

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Hidden deep in the Last Frontier’s interior at the foot of the Alaska Range—home for a week and you’ll be one of only a few lucky souls carving turns in an impressive landscape shaped by volcanoes and glaciers. After you’ve exhausted your quads exploring a tiny part of this massive playground, return to the high-end lodge and live like a 1-percenter.
– Chris Kasser,  Elevation Outdoors Magazine

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10 Excellent Late-Season Skiing and Snowboard Destinations

Article from Travel Channel Online.

If you’re bummed about the eventual end of ski/snowboard season wherever you live, don’t fret. There are a number of great mountains that stay open past March – and some as far as May! The Travel Channel Online has put together a list of our favorites should you be in the mood for some late-season skiing and winter sports.

Tordrillo Mountain Lodge (Skwentna, Alaska)

A 40-minute flight from Anchorage gets you to this remote destination/accommodation where skiing (specifically Alaska heli skiing) runs into July. Because of the daily freezing cycles, a specific kind of powder known as “corn snow” forms where the snow crystals are prime for soft, carvable runs as they thaw in the morning and refreeze towards the end of the day. And if you tire of skiing, the King Salmon fishing is worth the trek too.

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US Olympic greats: Where are they now? Alaskan Heli-Skiing Pioneer Tommy Moe


Alaskan Heli-Skiing Pioneer

Moe won a gold (Downhill) and a silver (Super G) in 1994 in Lillehammer. He currently works for Jackson Hole resort and co-owns a ski lodge in Alaska. He is an Alaskan Heli-Skiing Pioneer

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Olympian Tommy Moe on Tricking Your Kids to Love the Thing You Love

Three-time Olympian Tommy Moe has a plan.

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Olympian Tommy Moe is living the good life. The three-time Olympian and two-time medalist (gold and silver, both in 1994) divides his time between heli skiing in Alaska at the heli ski and fishing lodge he co-owns in Alaska, and the slopes of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, where he’s currently a ski instructor. It’s a lifestyle he hopes to pass along to his daughters Taylor, nine, and Karen, seven. But, to them, he’s just dad. And he’s worked extremely hard to lay the foundation for their love of the outdoors.

“I have friends who are avid skiers whose kids really don’t like hitting the slopes, and I always was a bit worried that I might have that happen to me too,” Moe says. So, he and his wife, former Olympic skier Megan Gerety, made a conscious decision to involve their daughters in the thing that mattered the most to them — skiing — from a very young age. Now, both of his kids are now avid skiers and members of the Jackson Hole race team.

So how did he succeed in getting both of his children to share his passion? “I think we got a bit lucky,” he admits. But he also took on a lot of purposeful parenting. Here’s how he did it.

Start ‘Em Early

Moe’s introduced his children to the wilderness surrounding their home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming before they could walk. The key, he says, was to always keep re-introducing them to the places that mattered to him and his wife. They would plan hikes, nature outings, and camping trips — anything that acclimated them to being comfortable outdoors. “Both of us agreed that instead of sitting indoors with the girls we would head outside, even if we both were worn out,” Moe says. “Just getting them used to getting their hands dirty was a victory for us.”

Give Them Some Space

Being the children of two Olympians would be daunting to most kids, but even more so living near Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, a ski area renowned for its junior ski team. As it would have been easy for Moe to overwhelm his daughters, he decided to remove himself from the equation.

“Trying to teach your sport to children is a lot like trying to teach it to your wife,” Moe says. “It’s something best done by others not so emotionally attached to the situation.”

So, from a young age, Moe and his wife enrolled both of their kids into ski school where they could spend the days learning the finer parts of skiing from trained instructors and surrounded by boys and girls their own age. As his daughters improved on the slopes, Moe says he stayed out of the way and let them make up their own mind about pursuing the sport further. They both decided to join the race team. “If they decide later that they are done racing or even skiing, then that’s fine with us,” Moe says. “By not burning them out, we hope they will always love joining us on the hills.”

Remember That Enjoyment Is Paramount

“When we are out with the girls, we work to make it a fun experience,” Moe says. “They should be smiling with us so that being in the ski hill is hardwired into them as a time of laughter with the family, not one of mom or dad barking at them.”

Before his daughters head out to ski, Moe tucks candies in their pockets for them to enjoy later. If a large amount of snow falls overnight, the family will call a powder day and head to the slopes. The main point, according to Moe, is to listen to your children and react. If they are worn out, hungry, or just plain sick of what you are doing, then stop. If they generally equate something with happy time with the parent then hopefully they will want to do it again.

“I saw people I grew up with who got to where they hated heading to the ski area because it was not fun anymore, they dreaded it,” Moe says. “I never wanted my daughters to feel that way so I make a conscious decision every day to make being in the outdoors and skiing enjoyable. So far it seems to be working.”

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Olympic downhill: How a gold medal is a badge for life

(CNN)It's often viewed as the banner event of the Winter Olympics, and the epitome of daring downhill sports. But just how important is the men's Olympic downhill gold medal in the career of alpine skiers?

After all, the Olympic downhill competition is a one-shot wonder, one two-minute run on a different track every four years. A lot of elements -- mood, form, luck, equipment, track condition, weather -- have to align on the day.

Since Austrian great Franz Klammer's famous win in 1976, only Swiss Pirmin Zurbriggen (1988) has won downhill gold as favorite. A handful of recent Olympic champions have clinched gold without a single win on the World Cup circuit.

No one has ever defended the title either, although Norway's Lasse Kjus and Switzerland's Peter Muller have scored back-to-back silvers.

And some big names have never won the Olympic downhill gold, such as Austria's Hermann Maier and Swiss Didier Cuche, the record five-time Kitzbuhel champion.
Klammer, American Tommy Moe and Switzerland's Didier Defago tell CNN Sport the tale of their gold medal and the impact achieving the Olympic dream had on their lives.

Franz Klammer -- 1976, Innsbruck

The Austrian, known as "The Kaiser," is arguably the most famous ski racer of them all.

His electrifying run to clinch the 1976 Olympic downhill title, under intense pressure as hot favorite, transformed him from national hero to global superstar.
"Skiing wise the most important victory is Kitzbuhel for a downhiller because in my opinion it's the most complete downhill," Klammer, 64, told CNN Sport.

"It requires everything -- guts, making tight turns, long turns, gliding sections, jumping. But for a skier, without the Olympic gold medal you are a good skier but not a great skier. It's as simple as that."

Klammer dominated the downhill scene in the year leading up to the Innsbruck Olympics. He had beaten defending champion Bernhard Russi of Switzerland in the Olympic test event on the Patscherkofel course and was a 13-time World Cup downhill winner, including five wins at the start of 1976.

The 22-year-old former farm boy went to his home Games with the expectation of a nation on his shoulders.

"If you're not the favorite and have a really good day it changes your life but if you win it as a favorite it's even more fun," says Klammer, whose strength and fitness came from working as lumberjack to pay for skiing in his youth, running uphill and downhill to get to and from work.

Franz Klammer pulled off a famous victory with his Olympic win in Innsbruck in 1976.

"The pressure is enormous once you're up in the starting gate. You only have one shot every four years and you're representing your whole country, not just yourself. That's why it is a different dimension."

Klammer had drawn bib number 15, the last of the top seeds to race, and a perceived disadvantage because the track conditions deteriorate and ruts develop. Archrival Russi had drawn Klammer's preferred starting position of three.

The Swiss set a blistering time, which racer after racer failed to get anywhere near. At the top, Klammer was worried.

"I was struggling up there," he remembers. "I said, 'Well, there's no chance. I will never beat Russi today, he's so much faster than everybody else.' For a short period of time he was about two seconds faster than anybody." READ: World's best heli-ski spots

But then Klammer switched into race mode. In front of a raucous home crowd and the Olympics' first live TV audience, he produced one of the iconic moments of any Winter Games.
In his skin-tight yellow ski suit, he flung himself down the Olympic run with cavalier abandon, arms and legs flailing as he rode the jumps and icy bumps, seemingly on the edge of control.

"Of course, I had confidence, but then when I walked into the starting gate I knew I would win the race. No matter what," he said.
"Whether I would crash or win the race there was no other alternative. I was pushing the envelope. I was going for it. You have to be ready to take risk. You have to try to earn the victory.

I never thought about crashes."

Klammer (left) edged out defending champion Bernhard Russi of Switzerland.

Halfway down he was aware he was "pushing too hard" but carved a trademark radical line into one of the corners to eke out more speed.
"It was probably my best turn ever and it paid off," he said. "Nobody can do the perfect run, all you have to do is the fastest run."

He flashed over the finish line and the scoreboard ticked over to say he was the new leader from Russi by 0.33 seconds. The Swiss hugged Klammer and offered him "the most sincere congratulations I'd ever had in my life."

"I was really relieved," said Klammer. "Kind of a big stone fell off my heart. The pressure had been building up for a year-and-a-half for this one particular day."
A career slump meant he didn't make the Austrian team for the 1980 Olympics and he was beset by equipment issues at Sarajevo 1984, finishing 10th. He ended his career in 1985 with 26 World Cup wins, including four at the legendary Kitzbuhel course, and two world titles.

But of all the accolades, it was the Olympic title that stands out for Klammer.

"It's one race every four years, that's what makes it so special," he said.

"They call me the 'Kaiser' and I still make a living out of the Olympics.
"Without the Olympic title I wouldn't be considered the best downhiller of all time, so for me it was very crucial. In my opinion I would have been a failure [without it].
"It has changed my entire life very positively."

Tommy Moe - 1994, Lillehammer

Tommy Moe -- 1994, Lillehammer

Tommy Moe won Olympic downhill gold in Lillehammer in 1994.

He was the young American who pooped Norway's party and consigned home hero Kjetil Andre Aamodt to second place at Kvitfjell, but for Tommy Moe it was a victory waiting to happen.

The 23-year-old, born in Montana and later raised in Alaska, was a child prodigy who joined the US ski team at 16 and made his World Cup debut a year later.

But going into to the Games in Lillehammer, he was still without a victory, although he'd scored three podiums the year before and was fifth at the worlds in Japan.

"I'd had some good finishes in the top 10 and I kept asking myself, 'when can I win, what's the deal?'" he told CNN Sport from his base in Wyoming.

After a week's rest in the Canary Islands following five straight weeks of competition in Europe, Moe arrived in Norway feeling refreshed.
"I knew if I skied my best I could get a medal," he said.

"The day of the race I felt super confident. I had a couple of practice runs and knew I was going to do something exciting.

"But that morning was funny because the night before my roommate Kyle Rasmussen was snoring and I couldn't sleep. I got up and moved to another bedroom but I still couldn't sleep -- I was so nervous and excited."

Moe (center) downed local hero Kjetil Andre Aamodt (left) and Canada's Ed Podivinsky.

Moe was motivated -- and "pissed off" -- by an article in US magazine Sports Illustrated which labeled Team USA's skiers as the "lead-footed snowplough brigade."

He was also concerned that attending the Opening Ceremony the night before was a bad move -- worried his competition were home and resting. But teammate Megan Gerety, who later became his wife, advised him to focus on his own performance, not who he might beat.

With a bib number of eight, he remembered Gerety's words as he stood in the starting gate, staring down the Kvitfjell course. "I just thought, 'hands forward, [weight on] outside ski,' That was my mantra," he says.

"On the course it felt like I was in slow motion. I felt like I was in a zone where I could do no wrong."

Moe was behind at the first split but made up time with a blistering middle section including a massive leap off the Russi jump. Another huge spring off the bottom jump had Moe worried he might land outside the control gate, but he corrected and crossed the line 0.04 seconds ahead of Aamodt, the 1992 super-G champion.

"I was so excited but it's brutal, like the most anxiety you can ever possibly imagine, hoping nobody beats you," he says. Nobody did.

"It was almost surreal because next day I woke up and thought it was all a dream," he added.

"I don't think any of other racers disrespected my win. They all knew I'd been pretty consistent in World Cup."

Four days later, on his 24th birthday, a relaxed Moe took silver in the super-G to become the first American to win two skiing medals at a single Olympics.

He took a call from President Clinton and was on the cover of the next Sports Illustrated.

Moe: "It was fun, but I definitely got sidetracked by some business and some partying."

"I went from nobody to somebody," he says. "There was all sorts of press and sponsorship and business deals happening. All sorts of doors opened up.

"My life changed a lot after that. Everybody wanted an autograph or a picture. I liked some aspects of it, but I didn't like the stardom that much because I was a pretty quiet guy.
"There were certain things that made me grow up pretty quickly -- the money, the fame, the fortune, the partying, the women, everything.

"It was fun, but I definitely got sidetracked. I don't think I ever came back to being as good of an athlete."

Moe finally won a World Cup event with victory in a super-G in Whistler, Canada weeks after the Games in Lillehammer, but a downhill triumph eluded him.

He spent some time out following a bad knee injury back at Kvitfjell in 1995, while a severed tendon in his thumb sustained while serving behind the bar on a raucous night in the infamous Londoner Pub after the Kitzbuhel race in 1997 cost him a shot at that year's World Championships, to the ire of his coach and the press.

Moe retired after the 1998 Games in Nagano, where he came 12th in downhill and eighth super-G.

"My only regret is I didn't win more World Cup downhills just to back up my Olympic glory," said Moe, who splits his time between working as an ambassador and guide for Jackson Hole ski resort Alaska heli skiing at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge the Alaska heli-ski lodge he co-owns in Tordrillo, Alaska.

"But I did pretty well for an unknown skier from Montana.

"If there is any race to win as an American it's the Olympic downhill.

"I could have won two or three World Cup downhills like Kitzbuhel or Wengen and in comparison I don't think anybody would have remembered my name compared to the Olympic downhill.

"Even to this day I go to events and get announced as Olympic champion.

"It has staying power."

Didier Defago -- 2010, Vancouver

Didier Defago was Switzerland's first men's Olympic downhill champion since Pirmin Zurbriggen in 1988.

Dimple-chinned Defago was a regular on World Cup podiums but had only clinched his first downhill wins the year before, achieving the classic double of victories in Wengen and Kitzbuhel.

But at the age of 32 in his third Olympics, the speedster from Morgins became Switzerland's first downhill champion since Zurbriggen 22 years ago.

Defago's lightning-fast time was enough to keep out countryman Cuche, the favorite, as well as reigning World Cup champion Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway and American firebrand Bode Miller.

He also became the oldest men's downhill champion, eclipsing France's Jean-Luc Cretier, who was also 32 when he won in Nagano in 1998.

"I was a little surprised, not to be on the podium but to win," he told CNN Sport. "This season the Swiss team was very strong and we had to fight until the last training session to get in."

He added: "I had just a strange feeling a couple of hours after the race. I was very happy, I was with the team and all the [ski manufacturer] Rossignol guys but I had a feeling of being alone.

"I had my wife and my father and my mother on the phone but it was a very strange feeling. They were in Switzerland, but my brother was in Vancouver. I got him on the phone and he said he was still working but he said he will try to come tonight for the prize giving.

"He didn't call again and I thought, 'OK, maybe he has no time to come up.' I was behind the scenes waiting for the prize giving and he just came in.

"It was a very emotional moment for me to share this part of the day with my brother."

Defago was stunned by the "crazy reception" for him at home in Switzerland.

Defago was stunned by the reception back in his home town in Switzerland's.

"We had a big hall and they also put up some tents and I said, 'you're crazy, this is too big, no one will come,'" he said.

"It was a bad weather day also, but it was a crazy reception, with thousands of people there. It was incredible that so many people came to my town. A very nice moment."

Defago won one more World Cup downhill in 2011 and finished 14th in his Olympic defense in Sochi in 2014. He retired in 2015 as a four-time Olympian with five World Cup wins and 16 podium spots in all disciplines.

"I needed a lot of time to realize what I did and what it means to be an Olympic champion," he said.

"Now I've stopped the career and everybody says, 'this is the Olympic champion,' and you realize this has changed your life.

"I tried to stay the same guy. It's not every day easy but it's a part of my life."

His advice to future Olympic champions?

"Enjoy it."

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