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Things To Do

There are a plethora of year-round activities to do in Valdez; one of the prettiest places in Alaska. Valdez is home to many glaciers that can be accessed by boat cruises, vehicles, walking, helicopter, snowmobiles, snow-shoeing, and kayaks (depending on the time of year).

In summer, day-long, half day, and extended tours of Prince William Sound provide some of the best vantage points for viewing mountains, glaciers, and wildlife. Orca and humpback whales, sea otter, sea lions, birds, porpoise and many other animals make their home in the Prince William Sound. Excursion vessels depart from the Small Boat Harbor for sightseeing wildlife viewing.

Kayaking is another way to explore the Sound up close. Fly-outs and drop-offs are possible to remote locations in the Sound and Chugach Mountains, via helicopter or small planes. Tours accommodate all ages and skill levels. Wintertime brings tons of snow and creates a perfect playground for winter sports, such as skiing, snowboarding, heli-sports, snowshoeing, ice climbing, snowmobiling and more. Valdez is a fantastic place to explore Mother Nature and all she has to offer.

Winter Activities

Valdez is a clear choice for winter adventures in Alaska. The surrounding Chugach Mountains receive over 600 inches of fresh powder each year. Helicopter, and snowcat skiing, and snowboarding is the best in the world, ranging from intermediate to extreme. Backcountry, telemark and cross-country skiing provide more options. Snowmobiling near Valdez is also a world class experience with endless peaks, valleys and glaciers to explore. Various trails located in and around Valdez are perfect for snowshoeing and cross-country adventures. Cold temperatures serve to freeze waterfalls around Valdez, providing unparalleled ice climbing opportunities.

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