Benzene Alley
Valdez, Alaska
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02 :15 hrs
3.5 mi
2393 ft
Backcountry Skiing

Located within the Valdez Arena near the Valdez oil terminal, this north facing route offers some of the best “ski to sea” terrain in the world as you descend down to Port Valdez. Park at Solomon Lake trailhead and and begin up the snowcat trail through the trees. Head west along the pipeline for a short distance before heading south into a clearing beneath Benzene Alley. Ascend up to the first bench through a forested slope and gain the windlip which is usually around 2500’ on “Matts Slope”. Follow the windlip to it’s end which will bring you just below Benzene Peak. Descend to the valley below via the slope adjacent to you ascent route. If desired, the hills above Salomon Lake can be accessed from part of this approach as well. Continue beyond Matts Slope and make your way to a nice series of hill situated above the lake. This offers a great beginners experience with amazing views.

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