Valdez events are back in 2021! This year is shaping up to be an exciting one in Valdez, with a full calendar of winter and spring events set to run.
Ice Climbing Festival: February 12-14
Coming up next weekend, the 2021 Ice Fest will be held from February 12-14 in Valdez and out in Keystone Canyon. The stunning waterfalls of Keystone Canyon serve as just a few of the fabulous climbing venues for this event. World class instructors teach clinics for all ages and levels, including specialty classes for youth, women only, and physical adaptations.
Mayor's Cup Snowmachine Race: March 20
"It ain't for babies": the Mayor's Cup annual cross country snowmachine race in Valdez is a 150-mile trek set on a 25 mile loop around Hogsback Glacier and the Valdez Glacier Flats. The 2021 Mayor's Cup is scheduled for Saturday March 20.
Fat Bike Festival: April 2-4
This year's Bike Bash will happen the weekend of April 2-4. The 2021 schedule includes youth and family activities, a block party, parade, Treasure Ride and Bike & Bark. Individual races are cross country and extreme downhill. Team races include the triathlon (bike, kayak, run) and the biathlon (ski and bike).
Mountain Man Hill Climb: April 16-18
The 2021 Hill Climb is set for the weekend of April 16-18. This famous snowmachine competition is a wild experience for competitors and spectators alike. Watch as snowmachiners attempt to cruise their machines up a 1,700-foot slope in Thompson Pass to successfully reach the top and claim a winning time.
Valdez Fly-In & STOL Competition: May 28-30
While the 2020 Fly-In was unfortunately canceled, fans of the Valdez Fly-In will be glad to hear that the Fly-In is back in 2021! STOL stands for "Short Take Off and Landing", and the Fly-In is the premier bush-plane competition in the Western United States. This year's Fly-In is scheduled for May 28-30, the final weekend in May. The 2021 event will feature a Poker Run beach landing, Flour Bombing & Balloon Bust, and an aerobatic performance for spectators.
The Halibut Derby: Opens May 22
The annual Halibut Derby - part of the long-standing Valdez Fish Derbies - kicks off on Saturday, May 22. The Halibut Derby is a great excuse to get out on the water with one of our local fishing charters to catch a prize winning Pacific halibut from the waters of Prince William Sound. Remember to purchase your derby ticket before you go. The Halibut Derby features big cash prizes, including a $10,000 Grand Prize for the largest halibut.