Iditarod trail breakers say trail is fast so far; could run into deep snow at Iditarod

MCGRATH, Alaska (KTUU) - Reports of great trail conditions from the Iditarod trail breaker team have them saying the trail is fast and hard as the mushers make the trek from Finger Lake to Rohn and on to McGrath.

"As long as the temperature gets cold at night, and sets the trail up, it's a good, hard, fast trail. There's no fresh snow," Iditarod trailbreaker Spencer Pape said Monday in McGrath.

"We have good snow this winter and lots of sections of the trail, despite some overflow earlier this month. But with how cold it got, it firmed right up."

Reports, however, say there is a substantial amount of deep snow between Ophir and Iditarod, and it's all unbroken trail.

"We'll see what it brings and what it's becoming. We'll see what's ahead of us," fellow trailbreaker Allen Hill said.

Pape went on to tell Channel 2 that some years, they have to fight to stay ahead of the dog teams.

"We don't get to see the race. So, until we get into a checkpoint and get with the comms people and figure out where the dogs are at, we really don't know what's going on behind us," Pape said with a chuckle.

The trail breaking team left McGrath and has headed toward Ophir and Iditarod.

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