Arriving at Curry, we grabbed our snowshoes for a 2hr slog up the mountain - the right choice as the skiers were clearly having a difficult time in deep snow on the long uphill climbs. All worth it in the end, however, as we caught our breaths at the summit whilst enjoying a brilliantly clear view of Denali on the horizon.
We spent a good afternoon traversing a 40 mile loop through incredibly scenic landscapes in the Petersville area, south of Denali. This was the perfect location, with vast areas of open space providing plenty of opportunities to pick up decent speed, and our Ski-Doos had no trouble at all getting up to speeds of 90mph before common sense reigned them in.
The Iditarod is a piece of Alaska's history that we have been fortunate enough to experience while living here. The race pays homage to the important role played by sled dogs in the Arctic, with much of the 1049 mile trail tracking the journey to Nome made by dog teams in 1925 to deliver antiserum for halting the spread of diptheria.