Here's a few of the improvements we are aiming toward in the next 5 years working cooperatively with our city and public land managers.
Create an Ice Park to provide a more reliable and consistent feature to eventually attract an internationally sanctioned ice climbing competition.
2016 Milestones: We added components to the Ice Fest that round out its reputation as a lifestyle event: Mountainfilm on Tour, clinics by certified guides from Nova and She Jumps, and one of the most impressive natural speed comp venues, a 65-meter WIV route.
2017, the ice fest was cancelled due to unforseen circumstances.
2018, Ice Fest resumed with guest pros Conrad Anker, Marcus Garcia, Andreas Marin, Jeff Shapiro and Katie Bono. Gear demos were provided by Black Diamond, Petzl and CAMP USA.
Work with locals to adopt and maintain State Park cabins which are being mothballed by state budget cuts.
2016 milestones: In June 2016, L49 was awarded a permit to operate the five state parks units in the Valdez area. Camping revenues from Blueberry Lake Campground on Thompson Pass and public use cabins in Shoup Bay State Marine Park offset maintenance expenses for those two sites as well as Worthing Glacier and Mineral Creek State Recreation Sites and Shoup Trail. Check availability and make camping reservations on the Camping page on our site.
2018. The permit was renewed in 2018, valid through 2019.
Strive to continuously improve the Green-ness of our events eventually getting to Zero Waste practices.
Milestones: We use re-usable metal pint glasses and water bottles for our events.
Promote Civic Center/Ruth Pond as the hub of the in-town component of our mountain sports events.
2016 milestones: During Ice Fest, we hosted Mountainfilm on tour in the Civic Center. The Valdez Harborfront was deeply integrated into the Chugach Fat Bike Bash. The Northern Lights Criterium was held on Harbor Drive at the small boat harbor while Kelsey Dock was the scene of the the start/finish of the cross-country race, Fat Bike Rodeo and Big Air/Big Splash. For Rock Fest 2017, we plan to seek approval to host slacklining and a music fest at Kelsey Dock.
2017. We used the Civic Center for the ice climbing, fat bike and rock climbing/yoga events as well as the Confluence conference. We used Kelsey Dock for the Fat Bike and Rock and Flow events and used Valdez Glacier Campground as base camp for the Rock and Flow Fest.
2018. We used the Civic Center for ice and fat bike. Kelsey Dock was closed to public use during the summer of 2018 so we created a Street Fair atmosphere on Harbor Drive for Rock and Flow fest.
Create an in-town Bike Park for skills development for residents. Begin work on mountain bike trails system.
2016 milestones: We are factoring bike access into the community-driven trails master plan we are developing with the help of a grant from the National Park Service Rivers, Trails Conservation Assistance program. We also beta-tested a snow terrain park we hope to offer again in 2017.
2017. With a grant from People for Bikes, we purchased a roller groomer to create single track trails for fat bike use in winter.
2018. We used the roller groomer to create trails for the Mineral Creek Poker Run in town and the Revelate Cross Country race at Valdez Glacier Lake.