The Alaska DOT maintenance shed at Thompson Pass is nestled in a valley a few hundred yards off the highway. Thompson Pass is a 2,700 foot-high gap in the Chugach Mountains northeast of Valdez. It is the snowiest place in Alaska, recording 500 inches of snow per year on average. In the winter of 1952–1953, 974.1 inches of snow fell—the most ever recorded in one season at one location in Alaska.


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