Today brought the announcement that Iditarod would re-start in Fairbanks on March 6th (about 360 miles from Anchorage where the ceremonial start will happen on March 4th). Typically, it would re-start in Willow about 70 miles from Anchorage on March 5th. Here is the full article, if you are interested: https://www.adn.com/outdoors-adventure/iditarod/2017/02/01/low-snow-in-rainy-pass-and-dalzell-gorge-could-mean-an-iditarod-restart-in-fairbanks/
As a one time veteran finisher of Iditarod, the trail would be partially new for me either way. I'm a mix of emotions.... curious, excited, disappointed, nervous, etc. We will make the best of this new trail, and are relieved to know Iditarod made a decision in the best interest of the safety of dogs, sleds and humans. Ready or not, here we come!