Valdez, Alaska – Flips The Snow Switch!

REALLY THE LOCATION for the best heli-skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice climbing, fat bike riding, cross-country skiing in the Chugach Mountains of Alaska.

Unmatched beauty, terrain and snowfall like no other in the world.

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Below video credit: Stellar Productions

Valdez has an incredible variety of terrain at your fingertips, with most areas heavily glaciated, plus more steep mountain faces, large powder bowls, longer couloirs and everything in between you won’t find anywhere else.

Unlike other areas within Alaska, Valdez has 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.

Your dream winter vacation has it all, as local Heli Ski & Snowboard guides – Alaska Snowboard Guides; Alaska Rendezvous Guides; Black Ops Valdez; Valdez Heli Ski Guides; and H2O Guides – showcase the unmatched beauty, the vast and equally spectacular terrain with single or multi-day vacation packages available that provide the ultimate experience for everyone from Beginners to Experts. You can even venture out on a Heli Yacht – go fishing as well during your winter vacation.

Those that can’t wait for the Heli to arrive in February? Then contact local activity guide Zach from Alaska Photography Co. He will get you out in the back-country exploring in no time.  Reservations are essential. Zach offers custom private tours to ensure your Alaskan experience lives up to your dreams.

Within the Keystone Canyon, about 13 miles from the city is where pathways to adventure for ice climbers are in abundance. Climbing ribbons of frozen water in this spectacular area, and finding this caliber of ice from right off the Richardson Highway – Valdez is the place where you won’t find anything else like this in the world. Visitors from around the world join in on the fun during the annual Valdez Ice Climbing Festival in February.

Access the goods yourself on the Chugach Mountains. Visit and discover Winter in Valdez, Alaska.

More Travel planning can be found for your ultimate winter adventure with local guides below.


Above Photo: Alaska Rendezvous Heli-Ski Guides, heli hovers over the majestic terrain of the Chugach.

 Photo Credit: Matt Haines.

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Above photo: Snowboarders checking out the view of a lifetime, strike that off your bucket list!

Photo Credit: Alaska Snowboard Guides.

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Above Photo: Black Ops Valdez getting guests up close and personal with the most amazing terrain to be seen in Alaska.

Photo credit: Black Ops Valdez.

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Above photo: Some like to ski in and ski out, but at Valdez Heli-Ski Guides, it’s Heli in and Heli out.

Photo credit: Valdez Heli-Ski Guides/Tsaina Lodge.

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Overlooking Valdez, Photo by Mike Hamilton (3)

Above: Drop off on the Chugach complete.

Photo Credit: Mike Hamilton

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Live to Ride another Day! Valdez Avalanche Center motto.  VAC provides avalanche bulletins, education & information.  Even if you are not experienced, VAC has you covered.


 More info. at Valdez Avalanche Center website.