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When does Valdez ice season end?

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christoph benells · · tahoma · Joined Nov 2014 · Points: 235

Gonna be in Valdez skiing and snowboarding in late march and april,

was wondering if anyone out there knows normal ice conditions around Valdez area at those times.

Thank you

Taylor-B. · · Valdez, AK · Joined Oct 2009 · Points: 3,060

Keystone Canyon and the Valdez area ice climbs start to fade by late March and early April at best. The biggest issue is the rivers being frozen or not and that can be washed out by one small warm storm at any time. This winter has been snowy and semi cold so far compared to the nuclear meltdown winter we had last year.

If the weather is crap and raining in Valdez there are some more temperature resistant climbs north of Thompson Pass and reliable ice out in the Wrangells along the road to McCarthy.

weber907 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 457

Generally ice season runs from mid November towards the end of the 1st week of April. There will be some ice available after that but it can be spotty. Mid March can be prime for fat ice and big routes. Of course it is ice climbing and mother nature can change everything but I've climbed here for over 20 years and as a general rule of thumb those dates seem to work.

We are off to a good start so far this year.

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