Up until some decades ago Valdez was referred to as Alaska's Switzerland due to it's amazing mountains. As one of the snowiest places in North America it's no surprise we have the skiing/snowboarding to match or surpass it. Numerous backcountry and extreme ski and snowboard videos have been filmed in Valdez. Pro's still pop in to Valdez to shake up their season. For a number of years Valdez hosted the world extreme ski challenge.
Guided backcountry skiing/boarding are offered by Black Ops Valdez, Valdez Heli-Ski Guides, and Alaska Snowboard Guides.
Tok Air Service offers ski plane drop offs and glacier ski camps with no guide services.
View the most popular ski runs on our Valdez outdoors map.
Black Ops Valdez is the only operation of its kind. We specialize in the true Alaska Heli Skiing Experience! From the moment you get to Valdez until you leave, you will experience the best of Alaska. Black Ops Valdez is a team of highly skilled and trained Valdez heli-ski guide veterans, many of which have guided here for over a decade….or two. We operate Eurocopter A-Star B-Series 350 aircraft (Astar B3) and have 16 maximum clients at any one time, Or four groups of four, each with a guide. This ensures that your experience is a personal one and eliminates waiting for the helicopter between runs.
Welcome to some of the best snow on the planet. We are passionate about safely riding in the mountains. We have completed level 1 Avalanche Training and personally enjoy split-boarding, A-T skiing, and telemark skiing. We seek out the best snow and weather conditions in the Wrangell – St. Elias Nat’l Park, the Chugach Mountains out of Valdez, and the Eastern Alaska Range. With extensive experience in each area we take riders of every level into zones that offer the ‘ride of your life’. Whether it is a day-trip or a multi-day glacier camp let us help you get away from the helicopters and snowmachines.