You Can Ski by Helicopter at This Alaskan Mountain Lodge
Heli-skiing looks hella fun.
Skiing isn’t just about the trip down the slope, it’s also about how you get to the top.
The Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, about a 45-minute flight by ski-plane (or seaplane, in the summer) from Anchorage, Alaska, offers an incredible ski and snowboard experience by taking guests up the mountain by helicopter.
The lodge has been operating for 20 years, and among the owners are Alaska heli-ski pioneer Mike Overcast and Olympic gold medalist Tommy Moe, who was the only American to win two medals in the same Olympics, and the last American to win gold in the downhill event. Moe took partial ownership in 2005 and is a regular guide there.
Named after the Tordrillo Mountains, the lodge’s heli-skiing packages offer terrain that is challenging enough for an intermediate skier, but not so difficult that it could be “intimidating.” Advanced skiers will have a chance to “push themselves in some of the most scenic and thrilling mountains in the world,” according to the lodge.
While staying at Tordrillo, guests not only can get their thrills heli-skiing to their heart’s content, but also relax at the lodge’s luxurious cabins, enjoy meals cooked by private chefs, soothe their muscles in the hot tubs, saunas, and massage services, or even enjoy some yoga.
During the summer, the lodge offers skiing on corn snow (which has a rough, granular texture), as well as king salmon fishing between June 9 and July 5, 2018. Guests can also partake in heli-biking, heli-fishing, heli-hiking, river trips, water sports and sky trekking.
Of course, this kind of getaway comes at a price. Weekly packages for heli-skiing begin at $14,000 and cover airfare to/from Anchorage, lodging, meals, gear, and activities. The ski season at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge takes place from February to April.