A few years ago, alarmists were telling us that sled dog racing in Alaska was doomed by global warming. Now they tell us that the record cold and snow is due to unprecedented warmth.
FAIRBANKS — The Copper Basin 300 sled dog race is the latest victim of Alaska’s weird winter weather pattern as race officials canceled the event Sunday morning, less than a day after the race started.
The race came to a halt when a section of trail was deemed impassible.
A statement by race marshal Greg Parvin said the trail between Meier’s Lake and Sourdough had unusually deep snow conditions, with high winds and bitter cold.
Two Rivers musher Allen Moore, who was one of the race leaders, told his handlers that the trail got bad about 12 miles out of Meiers Lake and snowmachines were getting stuck in attempts to break a trail for the race.
Meier’s Lake is about 75 miles into the race route.
Temperatures were consistently 45 to 50 below zero, according to race officials.