The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Jennifer James
For the Star 

Ice Classic comes to Valdez for good cause

Predict when the ice breaks to win big bucks and support AVV


Alaska's favorite guessing game has come to Valdez.

Valdez Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services teamed up with Advocates for Victims of Violence, Inc. and is offering the first annual Snow Town Ice Classic.

"After almost a year in the works, Valdez is happy to announce our own official Ice Classic – one of only a handful in the state of Alaska," Darryl Verfaillie, director of Parks and Recreation, said.

The Valdez ice classic runs similarly to the state's most famous, the Nenana Ice Classic.

You might have noticed the 20-foot-high purple tower on Ruth Pond located near the Valdez Civic Center. If you think your weather prediction skills are better than average, plus you're willing to support a great cause, a three-dollar ticket will buy you chance to guess the exact date and time when one of the tower's flags touch the ice.

Photo courtesy Parks and Rec

Nate Moulton takes a moment to stand with the Ice Classic tower after completing installation on Ruth Pond.

A city camera maintains a constant surveillance of the tower to record the exact time one of the flags touch the ice. The winning prediction takes fifty percent of the proceeds with forty percent going to the local Valdez office of Advocates for Victims of Violence. The remaining ten percent will go to local trail maintenance.

"Parks and Recreation is excited to partner with Advocates for Victims of Violence to host our first annual Snowtown Ice Classic," Verfaillie said.

Participants must be at least 18-years-old to play, and you must also provide a picture I.D. upon purchase. Get your tickets now as ticket sales will end March 27, 2015. Tickets can be purchased at the Parks & Recreation office at The Civic Center or Valdez City Hall.


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