Sunday, March 02, 2008


It has been 10 years since I went snowboarding in Alaska. I am going back this April.

Chugach Mountains outside Valdez
The mountain in the foreground is as big as all of Little Cottonwood Canyon alone.

Valley of the Tusk

Dog Sledder, Valdez.

Sea Lion, Valdez harbor.
Valdez is the northern most ice free seaport in North America.

Rooftop, Valdez.
The day we rolled into Valdez it snowed 50 inches at sea level from one storm. There was so much snow that all the boat owners and crews were desperately shoveling snow off their vessels to keep them from sinking from the weight.
Fault Line, Thompson Pass.
Thats a huge fault going up the mountain. The Good Friday Earthquake of 1964 put the original town of Valdez into the ocean and a resulting tsunami killed 32. It measured 9.2 on the Richter Scale and the epicenter was 40 miles west of town. Valdez is now located on a new town site. Thompson Pass holds many snowfall records, click here to see.


Anonymous said...

Love the pics and the blog. It's one of my favorites. But I think you numbers are off for Thompson Pass. Mt Baker set the US record with 1140 inches. I don't think TP can average 300 inches higher than the record.

Forrest said...

You are right, I will correct the error. Thompson Pass however does hold the record for 24 hr snowfall and is the snowiest place in Alaska.

Anonymous said...

By the way, can your winter get any better? Day in day out, it seems like you come up with the goods.

Forrest said...

Yes, this winter in Utah has been amazing! I really can not complain. If I had a better job situation it would be the perfect winter!

Dan T said...

Forrest, is Valdez still the farthest north ice-free port?