Taming the Tordrillos
It is always hard to get off the beaten track. But, Alaska is a destination that can easily provide the remote escape.
In June, I headed up to visit the Tordrillo Mountain Lodge. It is a scenic 40-minute float-plane flight west from Rusty’s Flying Service in Anchorage over to the Lodge grounds in the Tordrillo mountains of the Alaska Range.
Each week, a small guest roster gets acquainted in an intimate lake-side setting at the base of the big peaks. Heading in for a week of “Cast & Carve”, our crew geared up for some corn skiing and fly-fishing from the pristine enclave.
We had excellent weather and twenty-four hours of daylight. Averaging about 8-10 four-thousand-foot runs a day, the variety of terrain and the panoramic views are impressive. There are some extraordinary couloirs in the Tordrillos, in addition to the classic spines, big faces and steep peaks. Hitting up such locations like “Couloir Town”, “Top of the World” and “Beyond Bond”, each run brought a new perspective on the expanse of the range.
The 5,000 sq.ft. Lodge is a beautiful, comfortable and stocked base camp. Perched on the edge of Judd Lake at the headwaters of the Talachulitna River, with the heli landing pad out front, it is ski/fish/raft in-out. From snow/water sports, to lawn sports, to motorized sports, it is a complete playground for any age. Privacy abounds as the camp offers a recreational sanctuary.
Tordrillo Mountain Lodge is the name of the both the lodge as well as the new business that friends and Heli-Ski pros and guides Mike Overcast, Greg Harms, and Olympic Gold Medalist Tommy Moe started this past May. As owners, the three collectively have more years of experience cataloguing new terrain and guiding in the big mountains than any other operation out there. They are professionals and FUN. This is an experienced Alaskan trio with whom everyone wants to play.
We made the most of the 24 hours of light in the splash and snow. And, after long days carving down soft snow in towering mountains, it was relaxing to shift gears and wade into the shimmering lakes and the rivers for King Salomon casting.
The Lodge is available for all summer activities through September for the day or for the week. Winter week ski sessions start in February.