Kyle Moffat | Guest Writer
Snow…lots of snow. It’s odd that mentioning snow in a snowmobile race is significant, but this recent storm that rolled through much of Southcentral Alaska put an early twist on what is the usual pace and tempo of this race.
Just as the weatherman forecasted, the massive storm that was predicted hit the racers in full force as they neared the Puntilla Lake checkpoint. The average pace from the Happy Valley Gorge up to Puntilla was about 15 mph. The deep snow (much deeper than anyone had anticipated) and super rough trail was really taking its toll on how fast these guys could push their machines.
All of the front runners and most of the more experienced teams holed up at this checkpoint to wait out visibility. Strangely, many of the rookie teams pressed on, breaking through the fresh snow and packing a trail for the veterans, which was thought to give the more experienced teams an even bigger leg up on their less experienced rivals when they began again, but it looks like these teams traveled down the trail toward Rohn much faster than we had anticipated.