ski & snowboard adventures at winterlake lodge


Something to give thanks for......


Winter is shaping up well at Winterlake Lodge (see the forecast below). Looks like a full week of steady snow and no wind, PERFECT! We are looking forward to another year of great snowfall and fantastic powder skiing. We still have some openings, so if if you are interested in joining us, give us a call or email us for more info.

Snow is falling, not the sky at Winterlake Lodge


With reports of less then stellar snowfall in much of Alaska this year, we wanted to give everyone a glimpse as to what is happening right now in the Tordrillos. Last week, Iditarod photographer Jeff Schultz conducted a four-day photography workshop at Winterlake Lodge that coincided with the Northern Lights 300 sled dog race. Despite the cold, nearly forty mushers made their way from Martin Buser's Happy Husky kennels in Big Lake to Winterlake Lodge, a distance of 300 miles. The race is a qualifier for the upcoming Iditarod Sled Dog Race in March. The photography team woke early each morning to catch our near-nightly aurora displays and capture that big sky full of stars.

As you can see, it's winter in the Tordrillos and the mountains are stacking up with snow. So why are the Tordrillos getting more snow? It's because they reside in that sweet spot between the warm wet coastal climate, and the colder drier interior climate. Right now that means where other locations are getting rain down low, we are getting snow. This is also the reason storms tend to come in, dump, then clear out leaving lots of sunny powder days for our guests. We still have some openings for the 2015 season and we are taking bookings for 2016 at 2015 rates. Don't have a full group? Go to our contact page and send us a message or call. Let us know what type of skier or boarder you are, what you are looking for and your available dates and we'll see if we can match with a group that wants the same as you.

Tordrillo North in film


After filming in the Tordrillo Mountains from Winterlake Lodge for the 2012 film “Superheroes of Stoke”, Matchstick Productions returned to Winterlake in 2014 with Cody Townsend, Richard Permin and Marcus Eider for a second helping.  As expected, the crew knocked the ball out of the park, but left with an even longer list of lines on their “must ski” list.  The MSP acclaimed film, “Days of My Youth” can be seen on the big screen as it tours the country (See for tour dates and locations) or can be downloaded from Itunes.  The last third of the film highlights the Tordrillo Mountains and the experience the crew had at Winterlake Lodge.