Meet The Tordrillo Mountain Lodge Staff
The Tordrillo Mountain Lodge staff are accommodating and welcoming and our certified Alaska heli skiing guides are among the most experienced in all of the world.
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.
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.
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.
This year will mark 20 years of ski guiding in Alaska for Bill, ten of those years have been exploring the vast Tordrillo Mountain and Neacola ranges from Tordrillo Mountain Lodge.
His Alaska guiding experience also includes a decade skiing both the eastern and western Chugach range from Girdwood to Valdez. When not in Alaska, you may find Bill guiding skiing or climbing in France, Switzerland, Italy, South America, Antarctica, Japan and the western United States. When Bill is at home, He works for Exum Mountain Guides guiding, climbing, and skiing as a senior guide.
He is a full certified International Mountain Guide (IFMGA) guide having successfully completed the AMGA Rock, Ski Mountaineering and Alpine Climbing programs.
Bill says, “Whether it’s repeating a classic line in the Tordrillo mountains or pioneering a new one, sharing the adventure is the most important part!”
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.
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
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.
Jon Hunt is one of the finest powder skiers we have around on the TML guide roster. No doubt that 18 years as an Alaskan guide, Jackson local, and renowned athlete, make him uniquely qualified to find the powder and keep you safe. Jon is back this season from his medical leave to replace his knee. Expect the same smooth operator, and maybe a little more. Jon spends his early season in Jackson skiing with guests in the JHMR backcountry as a resort guide. Jon skis guests though the best lines…behind the lines. His insatiable desire to deliver the goods takes to a higher level when operating from a helicopter instead of on his feet. His keen eyes can be trusted. For those who get to ski with him, consider yourself in the very best hands.
Brad started his guiding career over 20 years ago in the Pacific Northwest. In 2000, he moved to Alaska where he started working in the Heli Ski industry. He now spends over 6 months a year guiding skiers in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Brad is a level 3 Heli Ski US Guide, has his level 3 AAI certification, and is a professional member of the American Avalanche Association. In the early part of the North American winter he spends a bit of time teaching for The Alaska Avalanche School while squeezing in as much family and personal ski touring time as he can. Brad calls Hope, Alaska home where he resides with his wife Shannan and his two sons Will and Tal.
I reside in SLC, UT with my wife Shauna and Chocolate Lab Nexpa. We enjoy traveling, hiking, cycling, fishing, hunting and of course skiing!
Greg Johnson is a guide and avalanche engineering consultant residing in Nelson, BC. Greg loves to explore mountain ranges around the world, which brings him to Tordrillo Mountain Lodge.
Since the late 1990’s, he completed a Masters degree in Avalanche Mechanics at the University of Calgary; worked for the US Forest Service, Avalanche Canada and private industry as an avalanche forecaster; a climbing ranger with the National Park Service; guided for various heli, snocat, and touring outfits in Canada and the US; instructed for the Canadian Avalanche Association; and is an avalanche consultant for various industrial projects globally.
Greg is a certified ski guide with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) and professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association and American Avalanche Association.
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 National Park and Girdwood, Alaska.