What about the weather?

Valdez, Alaska and the surrounding mountains of the Chugach Mountain Range in Thompson Pass and North Eastern Prince William Sound consistently receive more snowfall than any other area in the whole of North America.

Warm Japanese currents push up from the southern pacific waters into the Gulf of Alaska and on into the north eastern Prince William Sound seaport Village of Valdez, bringing with them warm moist air. These same currents that keep Valdez uniquely temperate in winter, build and flow over the Chugach Mountains through Thompson Pass, eventually mixing with the much cooler interior Alaska weather currents producing amazing snowfall amounts throughout the heli skiing range as the moisture condenses and falls as snow. This description is representative of a weather engine that finds Valdez uniquely positioned to have consistent snows for heli skiing, ski touring and snow cat skiing activities year in and year out.

The unique climate and topography of Valdez is what makes this area the Heliskiing Mecca of the World! For more about Valdez Alaska heli skiing weather and climate please visit these pages in our FAQ section or check out some current weather data below:

What Temperatures Can I Expect?
What's The Weather Like?
When Should I Come?


Valdez & Thompson Pass Weather and Forecast



Useful Alaska Skiing Weather Maps

Click on the maps to open loops and/or larger images

Full Pacific IR Satellite Image

Alaska Radar Mosaic

General Weather Showing Frontal Boundaries

Upper Air Patterns (Jet Stream)

4 - 8 Day Systems and Frontal Boundary Forecast