Winter in Valdez

Above photo - Copyright Josh Mandel Photography

Valdez is one of the snow capitals of the world. With a long-standing reputation for great snow, more than 300 inches is measured annually in the city and 600 to 900 inches in nearby Thompson Pass! From beginner to expert, there is something for everyone.

Valdez and the surrounding Chugach Mountains creates a perfect landscape for heli-skiing, backcountry skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and ice climbing. There are various cross-country skiing trails in and around Valdez.

Access the backcountry on foot, snowmobile, by helicopter or snow cat for some of the most amazing big mountain skiing and snowboarding in the world. Local Valdez guides and outfitters help create the dream winter vacation with single or multi-day packages.

Go to to see our heli-guide and winter businesses, waiting to help you plan the ultimate winter adventure.

Photo below courtesy of Dean Cummings H2O Guides.













Our beautiful waterfalls and glaciers are pathways to adventure for ice climbers and hikers. Whatever challenges you are looking for, whether top-roping or multi-pitch lead climbing; there are dozens of routes around Valdez that will suit your needs.  

Photo below: Ice Climbing on Bridal Veil Falls, Valdez Alaska. Keystone Canyon. Photo courtesy of Zach Clanton of Zach Clanton