Glaciers from sea to ski

From the air, you won't feel the power of calving, but you will gain a perspective you can't experience from the ground. You'll see how massive icefields, dozens of miles long, spill into valleys to create glaciers. These expansive sheets of ice leave only the highest mountain peaks and ridges peeking through. The Harding Icefield near Seward is a classic example, and is one of the few icefields easily accessible by foot (a five-hour hike from Exit Glacier, rising from sea-level to 3,500ft). Also best seen from a plane are piedmont glaciers, where several glaciers join at the foot of a mountain range to create a fan-like pattern of ice and rock. These beautiful formations are best spotted in Southeast Alaska.

T housands of visitors explore Alaska each year searching for scenic wonders. While no one is ever disappointed, the lucky ones experience more. They discover a hidden treasure… Cordova, Alaska .

N estled peacefully at the head of Orca Inlet in Prince William Sound, Cordova, Alaska has a mystique all her own. She dazzles you with glacier-carved mountains, wildlife-rich wetlands, lush forests, and countless waterways. Then, she blends this natural grandeur with exciting activities such as skiing, hiking, wildlife photography, boating, sport fishing, flight seeing, and more.

T he Chugach, Wrangell, St. Elias and Alaskan ranges converge in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, which at million acres is the nation's largest national park. Formed by plate tectonics and shaped by glaciers, some of these mountains rise vertically with an elevation gain greater than that of the Himalayas. Cordova is truly a natural treasure. A rich collection of all the best the great north has to offer.

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