Heli Skiing Alaska

Alaska’s Best Heli-Skiing Operation

Man skiing in powder down the tordirllo mountian rangte

The premiere and longest operating heli-skiing lodge in Alaska, Tordrillo Mountain Lodge offers world-class heli-skiing and snowboarding packages for an unparalleled alpine adventure.

Imagine endless terrain, inspiring steeps, and colossal vertical feet. Whether you’re an intermediate powder skier or boarder or an absolute expert, Tordrillo Mountain Lodge’s highly trained guides will help you take your skiing to the next level. The experienced team ensures safety for all abilities and provides access to the most exciting heli-skiing spots in Alaska. Heli-skiing at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge begs the use of superlatives: the best, the most, unsurpassable, unequaled. With panoramic views of Denali and volcanic summits, fine dining, relaxing accommodations, and fabulous hospitality, this is the stuff of legends.

Heli Ski Packages

Packages start at $15,000 per guest

All Heli Skiing Alaska Packages Include Packages Do Not include
7 Nights Lodging at Tordrillo Mountian Lodge Bar
7 Days of Heli Adventures (Skiing/Riding)Massage
Transportation from the Anchorage International Airport to The Hotel Captain CookRetail
One double occupancy room night at The Hotel Captain Cook the evening prior to your flight to TMLadditional Flight time (charged $5,500 per flight hour for each group of 4 guests)
5 Hobbs Hours Per Group of 4 Clients
Round Trip Flight between Lake Hood & Judd Lake or Winterlake. Arrival Saturday, Departure Saturday
Safety Equipment & Ski/Snowboard Demos
Gourmet Meals
soaking in a Hut tub post heli skiing in alaska

Revel in comfort

After a great day of heli-skiing, return to Tordrillo Mountain Lodge tired but exhilarated, and relax. Chat and lounge by the fire in the great room. Or enjoy privacy in your room or a fat tire bike ride on our groomed trail system. Amenities include a wood-fired hot tub, sauna, and professional massage services.

For every adventure in the great Alaskan outdoors, there is an aprés ski story waiting to be told at the bar. Celebrate the triumphs of the day and plan the next perfect drop. Tordrillo Mountain Lodge boasts a sophisticated 500+ bottle wine cellar collection and offers local, handcrafted beers, signature drinks and premium pours.  Dinners are nothing short of a gourmet gastronomical experience, replete with suggested wine pairings.

Contact us today to inquire about our boutique accommodations and adventure packages. Your dream trip awaits!

Laird Hamilton - Heli Boarding Tordrillo Mountain Lodge

I have had the opportunity to snowboard all around the world (Russia, France, Canada, Utah, California, Chile, Argentina, Switzerland) and hands down there is no place like Alaska and no place like Tordrillo. Best mountains with some of the best guides anyone could ask for. So if you want to get heavy but still do it safely, Tordrillo provides that adventure, but like I always say “ride to ride another day”. The lodge is comfortable, the food delicious, the crew pro, and no words can describe the mountains they access. Tordrillo is my favorite place to ride.

Laird Hamilton

Surfer/Waterman, July 28, 2016

Snow & Terrain

Picture of A snow covered mountain in the tordrillo mountain range

Exciting Choices. Endless Options.

Flexible daily agendas, over 1.2 million acres of terrain, and 600 inches of snow each season mean the Tordrillo Mountains in Alaska offer endless terrain options for the most diverse, exciting heli-skiing and boarding terrain in the world. Our guides start each day assessing field observations, snow pit data, remote weather stations, and input from our pilots to choose the best drop spots for that day’s activities, based on skill level and interest. High-pressure systems common in this region usually mean dry weather and clearer skies than elsewhere in Alaska. That typically means sunshine and good snow stability. Temperatures average 15º to 25º and powder hounds will get their fill with runs that top out at 7,500 feet and end at 2,000 feet, and couloir-incised peaks with a panoramic view of Denali and volcanic summits. If poor weather moves in, we head for more gentle terrain where the snowpack is less avalanche prone.

Find Your Place in the Tordrillos

In a couple of warm-up runs, your heli ski guides will be able to evaluate your ability and determine where to start you out. Along the way, they will continue to assess your progress and work you into more challenging heli ski terrain that increasingly presents bigger thrills, but at a pace you’re comfortable with. The key is to make sure that you’re never under challenged, or overwhelmed. Intermediate skiers find the terrain is challenging enough to keep them interested, but not so difficult that it is intimidating. Advanced and expert skiers will have the opportunity to push themselves in some of the most scenic and thrilling mountains in the world, as our heli-ski guides take time to evaluate appropriate route selections in steeper, more consequential terrain.

A skiier carving his way down the slopes on a sunny day

Heli Skiing Guides, Safety & Gear

a group of heli skiing sudents gathered around getting saftey briefings

The Art & Science of Snow Safety

The ultimate powder experience begins with the guides. The seasoned Alaska heli skiing guides at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge are among the most accomplished, experienced and safe mountain and skiing professionals in all the world. Each of our heli skiing guides has at least 15 years of experience with hundreds of Alaska heli skiing runs cataloged in the Tordrillo Mountains. They have a keen awareness of the constantly changing environment and how to mitigate potential hazards.

As your hosts for the week, you will quickly come to understand the TML heli ski difference when it comes to exceptional guiding. Every week, heli ski guides scout new mountain terrain, often taking guests to claim first descents.

Our team blends the art and science of snow safety, our extensive experience with Alaska topography and winter conditions, and applies that knowledge to the terrain we ski. We also match each run with a skier’s ability, confidence, and desire to take on new challenges. Each heli ski guide must have current medical, technical, and snow science training, and all certifications and required guidelines of the Guide Associations.

Equipment and Gear

a group of heli skiing alaska students getting an avalanche training breifing

Bring your favorite powder skis or snowboard, or just your boots, and we’ll take of it from there. We can outfit you with the essential heli board and heli ski equipment, including the latest fat boards for deep powder and all-mountain conditions. Our heli ski guides explain the features of the different gear and make recommendations based on what you are comfortable riding, then adjust the settings and wax them for your use.
Top of the line avalanche rescue gear is provided includes a probe, shovel, an avalanche airbag backpack and a two way radio. In addition to the heli ski equipment, each trip starts with guides explaining the technology and potential scenarios in the event of a search and rescue resulting from an avalanche. Learn more about our safety products by visiting the official Back Country Access (BCA) website. Our heli ski guides are trained in group leadership and terrain management. Before each outing, they will discuss dangers to be aware of so that exposure to the risks of traveling in avalanche terrain is reduced.

Alaska Heli Skiing Aircrafts

close shot of a helicopter used for heli skiing in alaska at tordrillo mountain lodge

Our onsite helicopters and ski and float planes are ready to whisk you away to the world’s most talked about Alaska heli skiing, fishing, hiking, rafting, glacier exploring and wildlife viewing. For skiers and boarders, the only way to explore the mountains and valleys that carve out the Alaska Range is by the Eurocopter AS 350-B3, better known as the A-Star. The machine fits heli loads of 4 skiers and a guide. Known for its power, speed, and agility, this helicopter is the foundation of our safety-first operations. Tordrillo Heli Ski partners with Soloy Helicopters to provide on-site transportation services. Soloy is known for its dedicated mechanics and A-Star pilots who have been providing safe, reliable lifts in Alaska for years.

For fixed wing support we use Sportsman’s Air Service who operate DeHavilland Beavers, stationed in Anchorage and at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge. They are the workhorses behind safe, efficient transportation to the property and throughout the different ski zones we frequent. A Piper Super Cub, known for its ability to take off and land in very short distances, is also available for remote scouting and pioneering of airstrips near powder stashes and fuel depots.