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.
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.