Safe and Socially Distant Backcountry Experiences for Families
JUDD LAKE, ALASKA — The Tordrillo Mountain Lodge is pleased to announce their 2021 summertime guest experiences and a new vintage Turbine Otter allowing guests to explore deeper into the Tordrillo Mountain Range. Known for its world class outdoor exploration, the Tordrillo Mountain Lodge offers multi-sport Alaskan adventures and a true remote luxury experience complete with private cabins and top of the line adventure equipment. Nestled on the shores of the Talachulitna River and Judd Lake in the Tordrillo Mountains, and just a 40 minute flight from Anchorage, the remote Tordrillo Mountain Lodge is the perfect base for the Alaskan trip of a lifetime.
Thrill-seeking guests of all abilities can access millions of acres of untouched Alaskan wilderness where a helicopter serves as a personal chauffeur to everything that Alaska’s magical terrain has to offer. It’s a chance to experience endless summer activities from Alaska’s first and only via ferrata to wake surfing to unrivaled Fatback fat tire mountain biking, water skiing and wakeboarding on the Mastercraft wake setting boat, world class fishing, kayaking, canoeing, foilboarding, white water rafting, spectacular glacier hiking and wildlife viewing in the most spectacular parts of the Tordrillo Mountain Range. The famous Kings and Corn experience allows guests to extend the ski season through June and early July enjoying heli-skiing in the morning and salmon fishing in the afternoon.
Offering high-end amenities and alpine-chic accommodations, guests can choose between staying at the flagship ‘Main Lodge’ or in one of the private log cabins. For those wanting something ultra exclusive, the Lakeside Retreat experience sleeps 8 and includes a private chef, masseuses and your own helicopter and landing pad. After a day of exploring the alpine surroundings, guests can kick off their boots and enjoy an in-room spa treatment, a wine tasting from the 500 bottle wine cellar or an indulgent Alaskan gastronomical experience. Owned by Olympic gold medalist and guide Tommy Moe and Alaskan heli-ski pioneer, Mike Overcast, together they redefined big mountain adventures when they first started offering heli-skiing trips to this unexplored terrain over 20 years ago, before opening the lodge in 2006. Since then, and drawing on their vast expertise, they expanded operations, bringing a five star experience to the region and introducing a range of summer and multi-sport wilderness adventures in the Tordrillo and Alaska Mountain Ranges.
Tordrillo Mountain Lodge’s top summer experiences for 2021:
New Turbine Otter: The De Havilland TURBINE OTTER NII6TL is a vintage 1956 plane that was recently refurbished and represents state of the art Alaska bush flying. Holding up to 9 people it will allow guests to flightsee over Denali National Park, go bear viewing at Katmai and explore further into the mountains. This otter has a storied history of a plane in operation for over 60 years. The plane has been in the military, it’s been in movies, it’s been to Canadian steelhead lodges, it’s operated in the lower 48 and most recently had a stint at Islas Secas in Panama.
Via Ferrata: The first and only via ferrata in Alaska is located on the edge of the Triumvirate glacier, with two suspension bridges spanning from arrete to arrete. The adventure begins with a helicopter ride from Tordrillo Mountain Lodge to the start of the climb, 4,000 feet above sea level. Climbers use two carabiners to fix themselves to the cable, unclipping one at a time at specific anchor points. Along the way, you’ll find multiple scenic viewpoints to pull off, rest, and take in the vast views across the Triumvirate Glacier to the Tordrillo Mountains. At the top of the route, the helicopter pilot will be waiting to whisk guests back to the lodge where more adventure awaits.
Kings and Corn: Skiing corn snow in the morning and fishing for king salmon at night, it’s pretty difficult to not love Kings and Corn. For one month only, guests can cast and carve their way through the day with summer heli-skiing followed by guided fly-in fishing for the legendary Alaska king salmon on the beautiful Talachulitna River under the June midnight sun.
Heli Mountain Biking: Heli biking routes begin from the flanks of Mt. Spurr volcano and wind down paths carved in cinder and pumice deposits from area volcanoes. Some bikers may choose to forge new paths or follow gentle ridge lines to alpine lakes. Others can bike directly on a glacier for a whole new snow biking experience and explore remote Alaskan backcountry wilderness that was previously inaccessible. Prepare yourself to spend several hours pedaling your way through awe-inspiring Alaskan landscapes that few other people ever get to explore from the back of a bike. Riders can choose a descent or ascent of virtually any length or difficulty, making this experience perfect whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned professional and the guides at Tordrillo are adept at picking a route that works well for any level of rider.
Lake & River Experiences: Tordrillo Mountain Lodge is located on the banks of both the rushing waters of Talachulitna River and the peaceful waters of Judd Lake. Within eyeshot of both bodies of water are two 11,000-foot volcanoes and Denali, North America’s tallest peak. Judd Lake is a gorgeous body of water that provides a great location for fishing, wildlife viewing, birding, and of course, watersports. All of the lake-based activities and river activities are ideal experiences for families. Wakeboarding on the Mastercraft wake setting boat, wake surfing, SUP, waterskiing, whitewater rafting, foil boarding and river kayaking are just a few of the ultimate adventures for people of all ages and abilities.
Summer packages from July 5 – September 15, 2021 start at $7,500 per person for 3 days/ nights. Packages include round-trip float plane flights from Lake Hood, Anchorage to Judd Lake, lodging, gourmet meals, professional guide services, fishing equipment, yoga, access to the fitness center, a copper hot tub overlooking the lake and a wood-fired sauna. In the winter months visitors have unrivalled access to world class winter sports, from snowshoe trekking to glacier hiking in the hands of the industry’s most accomplished backcountry guides with complimentary use of Wagner Custom Skis and equipment, as well as Stio’s new outdoor apparel available to purchase. Winter heli-skiing packages begin at $15,000 per person and include 7 nights of lodging, 7 days of heli-adventures and gourmet meals, safety equipment and ski/snowboard demos, 5 hobbs per group of 4 clients, transportation from Anchorage International Airport to The Hotel Captain Cook, one double occupancy room night at The Hotel Captain Cook the evening prior to your flight to TML, round trip flight between Lake Hood & Judd Lake with arrival on Saturday and departure on Saturday.
ABOUT TORDRILLO MOUNTAIN LODGE: Olympic gold medalist Tommy Moe, Mike Overcast, and Mike Rheam co-founded Tordrillo Mountain Lodge in 2006 to share their passion for the outdoors in the stunning Alaskan wilderness. Named one of the best heli-ski resorts in the world by CNN Travel and Robb Report, the lodge owns and operates its own helicopters and hires expert guides to provide guests with world-class helicopter-based adventure experiences. The five-star resort offers an array of luxury amenities and lodging options, including gourmet cuisine prepared by private chefs and a curated wine list from a 500-bottle cellar. Triumvirate LLC, an Alaskan outfitting/operating company, operates Tordrillo Mountain Lodge. Follow Tordrillo Mountain Lodge on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @TordrilloMountainLodge. For more information, please visit www.tordrillomountainlodge.com