Winter Trails

e City of Valdez Parks & Recreation Department maintains and grooms approximately 33 miles of winter trails on a seasonal basis as weather conditions and snow depths allow each year. Trail routes may change with snow depth and open water. 

Winter Trail System

Mineral Creek TrailsDowntown TrailsOut-of-Town Trails
  • Homestead
  • East & West Dike
  • Snowmachine Loop
  • Mineral Creek Ski-Only Area

  • Meals Hill
  • Senior Center Loop
  • Meyring Park*
  • Dock Point

  • Old Town Trails
  • Bike Paths
  • Goldfields Complex
  • Glacier Stream Bridge Area
  • Four Corners Area

*Meyring Park grooming takes place after street plowing and snow blowing is complete.

Grooming Schedule

Parks Maintenance grooms trails Monday through Saturday; with holidays groomed based on staff availability. The grooming schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions and available equipment, including:

  • Equipment maintenance/repairsWinter Grooming Schedule Opens in new window
  • Heavy snowfall/rainfall
  • High winds
Grooming Schedule*
MondayMineral Creek Trails, Elementary School Sledding Hill, PE/School class prep as needed
TuesdayMineral Creek Trails, water crossing bridge building as needed, PE/School class prep as needed
WednesdayMineral Creek Trails, Elementary School Playground, PE/School class prep as needed
ThursdayOut-of-Town Trails, Competition prep as needed, Meyring Park, Dock Point, Meals Hill &, Mineral Creek Trails.
FridaySki Hill, Mineral Creek Trails, PE/school class and Competition prep as needed
SaturdaySki Hill as needed, Mineral Creek Trails

*Grooming all Out-of-Town trails ends on March 31; all grooming ends April 15.

Winter Trails Etiquette

For the safety and enjoyment of all trail users, please abide by the following rules and guidelines:

  • Follow all posted signs and be respectful of other trails users.
  • Be an ambassador for your sport.
  • Always leash and pick-up after your dog(s).
  • Respect ski-only trail designations. Please no snowmachines, wheels, feet or paws.
  • Do not walk, run, ride or skate ski in the classic tracks.
  • Move to the side of the trail for passing skiers or if you fall.
  • Trails may be multi-directional or one-way; know before you go and be aware of oncoming trail users. 
  • Motorized vehicles must yield to non-motorized trails users; skiers have the right-of-way in all situations.
  • The speed limit for all multi-use trails is 20 mph.

Persons who violate or fail to comply with these rules are subject to a fine up to $300, which may result in the impoundment of the vehicle/equipment used in the violation and may result in a loss of privileges to use the trail system, per Valdez Municipal Code 12.08.010.

Ski for Free

Did you know getting out on the winter trails in Valdez is a breeze? With the Ski for Free program, you can rent the equipment that you and your family need to get outside to play this winter! This program is 100% FREE, and is operated and sponsored by Prince William Sound College Health & Fitness Center and the Sound Wellness Alliance Network.

Winter Trails Guide

Download the Winter Trails Guide or pick up the Valdez Compass at any PRCS location to view a map of the winter trails system.

Questions or Concerns?

Please contact the PRCS main office at 907-835-2531, Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm, for any questions or concerns.