What is Alaska like in spring? Can i have any extra information on sled dog racing?

by Sleddoggin Staff on March 1, 2012

Question by : What is Alaska like in spring? Can i have any extra information on sled dog racing?
I am currently trying to write a book about Alaskan sled dog racing. I need to know the temperatures of Alaska for every season. If anyone has any additional information on sled dog racing, the Iditarod, or rules of the race, please let me know!
I dont really have any idea of alaskan sled dog racing and thats how it is intended to be in the book. It will be in first person so I, not being Alaskan, would not know very much on the subject. Hence i am researching it.

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Answer by akgirl
You’ll need to be more specific, Alaska is huge and the tempuratures vary significantly. It can be 20 degrees in Anchorage, negative 36 in Fairbanks and 45 in Sitka on the same day in any given season. Check out the Iditiarod website for tons of information on the race and it’s history. No offence intended, but as an Alaskan, I wouldn’t buy a book about sled dog racing or anything Alaskan from someone who hadn’t been here to research for themselves.

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littlemissknowitall March 1, 2012 at 10:33 pm

There are many books on sled dog racing, including George Attla’s books, Everything I know about Racing and Training Sled Dogs. Mr. Attla is a sprint racer. The Iditarod is a long distance race. So, you will have to decide which kind of racing you will write about. The Iditarod web site is a good resource for you, and will also have books for sale.

Also, you can read the online news articles from the actual race. Reading local papers online, such as the Fairbanks Daily News-MIner and the Anchorage Daily News, will also give you an idea about what is happening and the current weather.

For statewide weather information, look at the http://www.wunderground.com web site. You can search back to what the weather was like in different locations at various times of year.

There is nothing like first-hand experience, so I suggest that you come to Alaska. Many dog mushers have businesses during the “off season” and you can come and see their dogs and learn about what kind of gear they use, ask questions, etc. There is also a winter mushing concession at Chena Hot Springs, by Fairbanks, and some people near Denali National Park and in Bettles run March dogsled tours.

Or, if you want to really get into it, some mushers provide room and board to people who can come and help take care of the dogs.

I am glad that you are working to make sure that your book is authentic and accurate.


David C March 1, 2012 at 11:14 pm

The springs are cold but not as bad as winter. Sounds kind of dumb but once summer comes in places the weather can be 60-70F.


dewclaw March 2, 2012 at 12:00 am

OK, lots of research to do :)

here are the links to get you started.

Ultimate Iditarod, written by an Iditarod musher to teach people about the race, excellent resource

Iditarod official site
and rules

Also look at this information on the Yukon Quest web site, you will learn a lot about the dogs who run the races and how the are cared for.

Have some fun playing with this site on climate in Alaska

AS for additional info on sled dog racing I could write a book, you need to be more specific on what you want. Or to find a local mushers club and see if there is someone there who you could interview or work with.
Sled dog central has a list of mushers willing to be mentors, you might try there:

and some general info

Also read:
Dog Driver by Mikki and Julie Collins
Father of the iditarod, Joe Redington and Lew Freedman
Mitch Seavey wrote a new book, Lead Follow or Get Out of the Way that is supposed to be Excellent, and gives insight into racing and the Iditarod.
And Jeff Kings , Cold Hands Warm Heart, is another insiders persepctive


Soniya March 2, 2012 at 12:46 am

Frankie is a dachshund in a wheelchair. She is raising awareness for disabled animals. She is donating a portion of April book sales from her book, Frankie, the Walk ‘N Roll Dog to Rolling Dog Ranch



Viv S March 2, 2012 at 1:45 am

Muddy as heck. You’ll need lots of pairs of rain boots.


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