Thanks to unseasonably warm temperatures, the 1,000 mile long Anchorage, Alaska trail where the annual Iditarod dog sled race is held may have a rocky start – literally. This Saturday’s ceremonial start will likely be cut short and officials are looking into trucking in a thousand loads of snow to cover the first eleven miles, which lack enough snow to sled over.

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Stan Hooley, CEO of the race, told Anchorage Dispatch News, “It’s no secret that warm temperatures for days on end have further eroded what little snow cover existed on the trail system here in Anchorage.” Last year the course had to be moved due to the lack of snow and in 2014 several participants were injured when riding over a snow-less segment of the trail.

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Second year musher Ryne Olson told The Huffington Post, “Down in south central Alaska, the warmer temperatures have been too warm, meaning the normal snow has turned to ice and rain.” There is a possibility of 300 cubic yards of snow will be brought in from northern Fairbanks by the Alaskan Railroad this year, but – thanks to climate change – it is doubtful that future years can enjoy the same lush snowscape of the past.

Via The Huffington Post

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