For the unusual Denali Doubles Sled Dog Race, 17 teams of two mushers and up to 20 dogs pulled up to a humble, makeshift starting line on Thursday before a tiny group of spectators in Cantwell.

Tegan Hanlon
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
The winning team will pocket $5,000, with $2,000 going to the runner-up and $1,000 to third place.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
Each of the 20 teams in this unique Alaska race links two mushers, typically two sleds and 12 to 20 dogs. While dogs may be dropped outbound at either of the two checkpoints, they must rejoin the team in-bound and finish.Mike Campbell
I worried about my safety, sanity, and most of all about feeling sad in the moment without an adventure partner. But what scared me most was the idea of not doing the things in life I wanted to.Alli Harvey
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
Fairbanks start being moved to near the Morris Thompson Center, and a section in Canada near the Fortymile River is being reroute inland and up a 2,500-foot climb. Casey Grove | Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
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