ski & snowboard adventures at winterlake lodge
Located 90 miles from Anchorage
by bush plane
Only one word can describe the scale of the Tordrillo Range, and that is "HUGE!". In 2007, Teton Gravity Research, along with Jim Conway as Lead Guide, was one of the first groups to ski, film, and map the range for winter adventures. Athletes Jeremy Jones, Sage Cattebriga-Alosa, Ian McIntosh, and Eric Roner and the rest of the team were amazed by the remoteness and scale of this magnificent place.
Elevations range from 1,000-feet at the Lodge, to over 11,000-feet on the highest peaks, The vast expanse of the range provides a variety of climate zones. Slope sizes can be found in any scale, including some of Alaska's longest heli runs. This range also has a large inventory of terrain in every steepness; from the casual low angle to classic AK steeps to natural tubes and pipes.
No one can guarantee the weather for any given week, but the Tordrillos sit in that sweet spot between the coastal wet snowpack and the cold, dry interior. This means a typical storm starts off wet and sticky and ends cold and dry, leaving perfect powder conditions. Storms in this location typically dissipate soon after a front and don’t linger like more coastal locations.
"Even by Alaska standards the Tordrillos are huge and offer an incredible variety of terrain."
Todd Jones, Owner-Director, Teton Gravity Research
In 2007, Jim Conway along with the TGR crew, were able to film and document a large portion of the prime ski and snowboard terrain of the Tordrillo Range. The map below shows the zones and a photo log from the trip. The fun part is that while Tordrillo North has a good lay of the land, there is still plenty of exploring to do. See more at TGR's "Lost and Found"
A SMALL SAMPLING OF THE TERRAIN DOCUMENTED IN THE NORTH TORDRILLOS
This area is a short flight south of the Lodge. It offers a variety of low angle, cruiser, and small steep runs. This terrain is great for warm ups, snowpack evaluation, or getting some quick runs in a weather opening.
Many of the step features in this terrain are as big as the expert faces at resorts like Jackson Hole or Snowbird.
Vertical Drops: 1500 - 2500 feet
Split by the north and south branches of the upper Trimble Glacier, this zone has some classic big lines for high speed cruising, small-to-large steeps and large glaciers as a backdrop.
Vertical Drops: 1500 - 3500 feet
This zone is reminiscent of Chamonix with its rust-red granite spires, imposing couloirs, and sprawling glaciers. While there are lines of varying ability in this zone, it is imposing. It is, however, a place to be seen and there are lines that allow guests to experience this incredible destination.
Vertical Drops: 1500 - 4000 feet
While much is known in the Tordrillos, there is even more to uncover. Come join us in 2015 and make your mark. Who knows, you might even put tracks where no one has before.
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