In mid-February, the Tordrillo Mountain Lodge opened for the winter season with new accommodations and expanded adventure options.
The luxury property, located 40 minutes from Anchorage by air, unveiled a multiyear, multimillion-dollar project that introduced five structures and refreshed common areas in the main lodge.
With the new Moose Hall and Lakeside Retreat chalets, travelers can book a secluded retreat-within-a-resort experience. Moose Hall has a kitchen, dining room and living room plus an exterior deck with a copper hot tub. A private chef prepares guests' meals, and the two adjacent two-bedroom chalets incorporate stylish design features.
"The sustainably harvested, light-wood logs came from Scandinavia," said Melanie Ross, Tordrillo Mountain Lodge spokeswoman. "The retreats have typical log construction, but they're bright and sunny, with beautiful views of the lake and the mountains."
With the addition of two one-bedroom cabins that also opened in February, the lodge can now accommodate up to 24 guests at a time. The new cabins offer more privacy than the main lodge but with access to full resort amenities.
"They are a good fit for families who have younger kids or for people who want just a little bit more space and privacy," Ross said.
Riding fat-tire bikes on glaciers is one of the activities made possible by helicopters.
Recent enhancements will increase the number of activities available during the lodge's summer season, which opens in early June. A yoga studio expansion and new fitness area mean more space for classes and workouts. Crews also expanded the Tordrillo Mountain Lodge gardens, which supply raspberries, blueberries, lettuce, peas, carrots and other produce for the resort's culinary team.
In June, a via ferrata route will be constructed 10 minutes from the main lodge by helicopter. Named for the Italian phrase for "iron path," the hiking and climbing trail will include taut steel cables, two suspension bridges, steel rungs and other components that can take climbers up 800 vertical feet of rock.
"We picked a route that will be absolutely breathtaking, with views looking over a glacier and back into the mountains. We're excited to offer this as a flexible experience. Climbers who don't want to use the cables can make it as hard as they want, but we can also have beginners up there who just want to have a little thrill and push themselves," said Ross. "The helicopter drops you off at the bottom and picks you up at the very top."
The Tordrillo Mountain Lodge also offers heli-hiking adventures, heli-fishing trips to the region's salmon-rich rivers and heli-rafting excursions.
Adventurous travelers can cycle on glaciers using the property's new fat-tire bikes, as well.
The resort's seasonal Kings and Corn packages, which bundles summer skiing and guided, fly-in king salmon fishing outings, will be available between June 9 and July 5.
Summer rates start at $6,000 per person, double occupancy, and include Anchorage airport transfers, lake activities, two helicopter excursions and full board (excluding alcohol and gratuities). A minimum three-night stay is required.