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Prince William Sound Winter Activities

Embrace the wonders of winter in Prince William Sound. Embark on custom tours with Lazy Otter Charters from Whittier, which offer personalized and scenic winter journeys to explore the pristine landscapes and wildlife of the sound. Delight in the winter charm of Sheridan Glacier Lake Trail in Cordova, where you can hike through a winter wonderland and witness the beauty of the glacier and its frozen lake. Or experience the thrill of ice skating, skiing, and more at Portage Glacier, where you can engage in a variety of winter sports amid stunning icy landscapes.

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Winter Activities

For an oth­er­world­ly encounter with a famous glac­i­er you can’t eas­i­ly approach or even glimpse dur­ing sum­mer, lead the fam­i­ly across frozen Portage Lake to a fan­tas­tic wall of jum­bled, blue ice. Once the lake sur­face has frozen sol­id, peo­ple flock across on foot, ice skates, skis and bikes. 50 miles from Anchorage.

Difficulty: Easy Distance: 3 miles

This 1.5‑mile hike is an easy stroll down to the lake that offers a great pay­off in the form of a gor­geous glac­i­er. If you’re here in win­ter and the con­di­tions are right, it’s a great spot for wilder­ness ice skat­ing, fat bik­ing, or cross-coun­try skiing!

Season: Year Round $200+ 3.5 to 8 hrs

Lazy Otter offers clas­sic tours, but this is a water taxi, so they’ll also take you any­where you want to go with­in Price William Sound — or just cus­tomize a tour to what­ev­er you want to see. Maybe that’s glac­i­ers, or whales, — or maybe it’s qui­et time on a seclud­ed beach. Lazy Otter can also help facil­i­tate tak­ing you and your fam­i­ly on a camp­ing trip. You’re not held to any strict sched­ule, either: if, on a day tour, you can spend more time in one  ...more

Difficulty: Moderate Distance: 5 miles Elevation Gain: 2506 feet

Dis­cov­er year-round recre­ation above Cor­do­va on this gor­geous moun­tain. In win­ter, you can lose your­self among the puffy snow­drifts and pow­der-cov­ered trees as you schuss down the slopes. And in the sum­mer, you’ll find berry pick­ing, hik­ing, and festivals.

Take a ski-bump flight and enjoy a nice long run with­out hav­ing to hike. Or, book a mul­ti-day trip to a glac­i­er ski camp. With Tok Air Ser­vice you’ll fly from Valdez or Thomp­son Pass to dra­mat­ic areas of the Chugach Moun­tains, East­ern Alas­ka Range, and the moun­tains in Wrangell St. Elias Nation­al Park.

The Lodge is open no mat­ter what time of the year you are vis­it­ing Valdez.

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