Alaska is having a very robust winter this year, even by Alaska standards! Temps in Anchorage have averaged 2.7 degrees F during January, one of the coldest on record. The nearby communities of Cordova and Valdez have seen record snowfall (the latter having gotten over 26 FEET of snow since November). And right now, Kristy and the other YQ mushers in Fairbanks are getting an early taste of what they can expect out on the trail with air temps dropping to nearly 50 degrees F below zero.
You can read more in an article from this weekend's Fairbanks Daily News - Miner.
Kristy packed up all her gear and her dog team and left Kasilof for Fairbanks today. After the 500+ miles of driving, she will have a few days to get settled in and make last minute preparations. Wednesday, Feb. 1st is the Start & Draw Banquet, when Kristy will draw her starting position and bib number. If you'll be in Fairbanks, try to catch the Meet the Mushers event on Thursday, Feb. 2nd at Alpine Lodge. And then there's not much but nervousness and excitement separating Kristy from the 11am Alaska time race start on Saturday, Feb. 4th.
To help you get geared up for the race, check out this article in the Chicago Tribune: