Competitors in the 2020 Yukon Quest were briefed on trail conditions during today’s musher meeting at the La Quinta Inn & Suites in Fairbanks. The briefing was provided by Mike Reitz, Trail Coordinator for the Alaskan side of the Yukon Quest trail.
Each year, Reitz and his team of trailbreakers establish the approximately 500-mile section of Quest trail and monitor conditions and provide support as needed throughout the first half of the race.
Reitz said the trail is in excellent shape this year, with plenty of snow coverage, very little overflow and virtually no jumble ice. Mushers were cautioned to keep an eye out for wildlife, however, as the trailbreakers reported high levels of moose and caribou activity in several areas.
Mushers will be provided with a report on the Canadian half of the trail upon their arrival in Dawson City. Trailbreaking and race support for this portion of the Quest is done by the Canadian Rangers.
The 37th Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race starts Saturday, February 1st at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center in Fairbanks at 11am AK time.