Valdez is home to around 4,000 permanent residents. Together, we share and value a lifestyle that combines one of the most remote and beautiful settings in the world with a friendly, Alaskan small-town feel. Not only do we enjoy our myriad recreational opportunities, we also take pride in a quality of life provided by mountain coastal living at its best. From hiking in the summer to ice climbing in the winter (but we also have that in summer as well) , there’s always something to do in Valdez. Visitors and residents alike enjoy the endless open space and wilderness; surrounded by the Chugach national forest, crowned by innumerable skiable peaks with some of the deepest snowfalls in the world; over 30 miles of recreation paths and trails.
Besides being one of the favorite ski destinations in the world, Valdez is also know for it's world class fishing and bountiful glaciers allowing oppertunites to view several types of glaciers up close.
With world renowned skiing, diverse shops and restaurants, various accommodations, friendly neighborhoods and breath-taking mountain views, Valdez is arguably the finest destination in the Alaska. See for yourself, Valdez is a great place to live or visit.