The City of Valdez is located on the north shore of Port Valdez, a deep water fjord in Prince William Sound. It lies 35 road miles east of Anchorage, and 364 road miles south of Fairbanks. It is the southern terminus of the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline, employing over 3 people. The Port of Valdez was named in 179 by Don Salvador Fidalgo for the celebrated Spanish naval officer Antonio Valdes y Basan.

Valdez has the freshest snow on earth. With a long standing reputation for great snows, more than 3 inches is measured annually in the city. In nearby Thompson Pass more than 9 inches have been recorded. As one might expect with this much snow, Valdez celebrates winter with alpine and cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowmachining, dog sledding, and ice climbing. Helicopter and snowcat transportation provide the access for the downhill and back country skiing.

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Map of Valdez
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