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. In 2017, we expect to add more gear demos and clinics and climbing brand ambassadors.
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.
Strive to continuously improve the Green-ness of our events eventually getting to Zero Waste practices. 2016 milestones: We used re-usable metal pint glasses for our ice and fat bike events and recycled re-usable cups from local radio station KVAK for our rock fest.
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.
Create an in-town Bike Park for skills development for residents. Begin work on mountain bike trails system. 2016 milestones: We are factoring bike-ability 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.