The aurora season in Alaska this winter got off to a slow start, but lately things have been looking up. Jan DeNapoli captured an especially active display near Fairbanks earlier this week and turned the 500 photos into a captivating time-lapse video.
The Yukon River village of Tanana on Friday night saw a new set of Iron Dog leaders blow into town, at an average speed of 86 mph, where they and the teams chasing will pause before the final leg into the Fairbanks finish line of the world's longest snowmachine race.Craig Medred
Most of the 50 racers are going 350 miles over the Alaska Range to McGrath. That's where the first stage of the Invitational ends. But 23 of the 50 plan to go all the way to Nome, another 650 miles down the trail.Craig Medred
Four teams in the 2014 Iron Dog were vying for the lead when they pulled into Nome Tuesday afternoon, but a couple of big names have already dropped out of this year's race -- and may never be back.Craig Medred
After a winter that's so far been light on snow, competitors in the 2014 Iron Dog snowmachine race tore out of Big Lake on Sunday, bound for the eventual finish line in Fairbanks by way of Nome. They can expect a cold, icy ride along the way.Craig Medred
Snowmachiners reported the worst section of the Iditarod Trail along the Iron Dog route came between the old, regrown Farewell Burn and Sullivan Creek outside Nikolai. The country is largely open there and littered with frozen tussocks, with no snow to cover them this year.Craig Medred