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A Montana State University student from Anchorage was found dead after he failed to return from a solo backcountry ski trip near Bozeman.The Associated Press
The equivalent of 3 inches of water — including an estimated 2 to 4 feet of snow up high at colder temperatures — has fallen in less than three days on what avalanche experts consider weak snow sitting atop crust.         Mike Campbell
A hungry marten hunts down a snowshoe hare in a video taken by James Loon, who drove upon the scene while heading to work in rural Quebec on Thursday. Laurel Andrews
REI's business acumen has taken it to heights rarely seen by a retail cooperative. But as a record-low turnout in the latest annual election shows, REI's original democratic fervor seems to have stayed at base camp. Ángel González | The Seattle Times

The 33rd annual Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race begins Saturday in Fairbanks. Twenty-three mushers will race to Whitehorse, Yukon. 

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Outlying areas of Southcentral Alaska and the Interior used to have a number of cabins scattered along waterways, but the Bureau of Land Management has burned or removed many of them.John Schandelmeier
There's also a short run on a frozen lake, hikes and a reloading clinic. In short, no reason to stay indoors.Alaska Dispatch News
The two companion races taking place the same weekend as the Kuskokwim 300, the Bogus Creek 150 and Akiak Dash, will also see fatter purses.Alaska Dispatch News
No matter which Hawaiian Island you visit, there are plenty ways to make sure nature factors in to your trip — whether you prefer snorkeling, biking, hiking, kayaking, visiting nature preserves.  Or more.  Erin Kirkland

After his first trip to Alaska, Reinout Arents was so inspired by what he saw and documented, he decided to switch career paths and pursue filmmaking. In September 2015, 18-year-old Arents traveled from Belgium to trek around Alaska solo.

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