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

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Winter-based activities take front and center this winter season

Sports and winter-safety classes abound in Valdez in the coming months


Sporting events, winter safety events and classes and numerous other outdoor activities will be coming to Valdez in the coming weeks and months.

While Valdez is a well-known destination for extreme skiers and snowboarders, there are many organized events coming up - whether you are a seasoned athlete, spectator or just want to get outside and have fun.

This week, the city-sponsored Qaniq Challenge will be held - regardless of weather - and this year the challenge will extend to the younger set.

There will be a 1K cross-country race that is open to children ages 0-12 years. The event begins Saturday, and more information can be found in the advertisement on this page.

For adults, the two-day race is a - as it says - a challenge. It also pays a cash prize that goes up or down, dependent on the number of participants.

If an official challenge is not your cup of tea, there are plenty of other sporting opportunities.

This includes a Backcountry Film Festival, hosted by the folks from the Valdez Avalanche Center. The event, billed as a fundraiser for the Mike Leary avalanche education scholarship, opens its doors at the Civic Center February 4.

The group will also sponsor an avalanche rescue workshop the following day, also at the Civic Center.

Levitation 49 is hosting the popular Ice Climbing Festival this coming February 17 - 20.

This year, organizers say Chad Jukes, a combat amputee who has made it to the summit of Mt. Everest, will be in town to hold clinics for both the able and disabled, in an effort to open up the sport to a wider audience.

"The half-day Intro to Ice Climbing Clinic for disabled athletes will be held Saturday afternoon Feb. 18 during the annual ice fest," the group said last month.

There are numerous other outdoor events planned by a large number of organizations in the coming months, not limited to the events mentioned above.

The Valdez Snowmachine Club will be hosting the Mayor's Cup Snowmachine Race this March, followed by the Mountain Man Hill Climb in April.


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