Valdez (pronounced: val-deez)
Valdez Alaska is located on the northeast section of Prince William Sound in the State of Alaska, surrounded by the Chugach Mountains, the tallest coastal mountains in North America. The Chugach Mountains rise from sea level to an elevation of 7,000 feet and are the most heavily glaciated mountains in the Northwest.
Home to glaciers, whales (Humpback & Orca), porpoise, sea life, black and brown bears, moose, caribou, deer, dahl sheep and a variety of sea birds. The Prince William Sound region is the northern most temperate rain forest in the United States of America. The towns and villages of Chenega Bay, Cordova, Tatitlek, Whittier and Valdez can be found along the 2,700 miles of coastline.
Valdez is also one of the snow capitals of the world and known for its epic snowfall. More than 300 inches is measured annually in the city and 600 to 900 inches in nearby Thompson Pass. Valdez and the surrounding Chugach Mountains create a perfect landscape for backcountry skiing, heli-skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, kite skiing, ice climbing. Valdez also boasts having the best cross-country skiing trails in and around Alaska. There are no resorts within Valdez, access to the most amazing big mountain terrain can be on foot, snowmobile, by helicopter or snowcat.
Each year, skiiers and snowboarders make the pilgrimage to the birth place of the World Extreme Skiing Championships, to access the terrain and free-ride the best lines in Alaska.
Natural beauty & breathtaking views.
A thriving wilderness mecca for wildlife. Epic terrain for big mountain snow sports.
The perfect playground for outdoor adventure.
Even Mother Nature has Favorites!
This website is maintained by the Valdez Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Image: Humpback Whale in Prince William Sound Valdez Alaska. PC: Seed Media.