Scott Smith

Extreme cold sets in on Yukon Quest Trail

Feb 8, 2015
Emily Schwing / KUAC

  Braeburn, YK - Frigid weather set in across Canada’s Yukon this week. Mushers who left the start line of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race Saturday were uneasy about a forecast that’s calling for subzero temperatures by the end of the week.

Midday temperatures hovered around 30 degrees below zero, as dog teams left Whitehorse.  But Tagish musher Ed Hopkins didn’t seem to mind.

“I like a challenge, I am built for cold weather, I don’t know I just don’t get cold, so I’m not worried about it,” he said.

Three Rookies Among the Top Ten

Feb 13, 2013
Alistair Maitland / Yukon Quest

Fairbanks, AK - The top three rookies in this year’s Yukon Quest have all crossed the finish line.  They all appeared pleased with their runs, but slightly shocked at the idea of doing it again.  

Mushers Dig into Bag of Tricks as Race Picks Up

Feb 8, 2013
Pat Kane / Yukon Quest

Eagle, AK - The top five teams are headed for Circle City.  It’s the next stop on the Yukon Quest trail.  The race course follows a similar route used in the early 1900’s by two brothers who delivered mail by dog sled between Eagle and Circle. It’s a long, flat run on the river, but this year’s competition promises to make it anything but ordinary.

Three, Four and Five Gun for a Win

Feb 7, 2013
Scott Chesney /

The Yukon Quest trail into Alaska is covered in deep, fresh snow.  And the Yukon River is a maze of jumble ice.  It’s where dog teams are headed next.  The top two teams are well ahead of their competitors, but the three teams that rounding out a group of front runners are confident they can make up the time.