Outdoors

Many Southcentral Alaska races have grown in popularity while more and more new races crop up ever year. That leaves stalwart Alaska racers with more options than ever while the bar of entry for new racers or would-be runners feels lower and less scary. Alli Harvey
Riding with a sled dog team during the traditional season of mushing is an opportunity for a slice of Alaska life unmatched during the shorter and snowless summer. Erin Kirkland
The young musher from Eureka pulled out of Circle City first, heading towards the jumble ice of the Yukon River.  Sass, Allen Moore of Two Rivers and  Hugh Neff of Tok are leading the racers toward Whitehorse. Casey Grove | Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
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. 

Alaska Dispatch News
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
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