The Siskiyou Sled Dog Races planned for this coming weekend at the Deer Mountain/Chuck Best Memorial Snowmobile Park have been canceled because of a shortage of snow.

Recent warm weather and rains led to concerns about the conditions of the race trail systems for the Siskiyou Snow Dog Sporting Association. The races were scheduled for Jan. 22 and 23.

A volunteer went out on a snowmobile early Sunday to check conditions, according to a Jan. 17 press release. The volunteer reported to the board of directors that trail conditions were badly deteriorated and slushy and that even the start/finish line conditions would not make for a good spectator experience.

SSDA director Doug Hake then drove to the park to confirm the report. He reported to the group that even the contingency trails and the start/finish line area conditions were so compromised by the warm rains that there was no way the trails would be “good-to-go” next weekend.  

Unseasonable warm and sunny weather is forecast through the race weekend. Hake reported late Sunday to the SSDSA board, and a vote was made at about 8:30 Sunday evening to cancel the races, the press release states.

The SSDSA has notified the competing mushers and  race sponsors and volunteers that offer their support each year. They expressed their understanding and offered their support and involvement for the 2012 races, according to the press release. Anyone with questions or concerns can visit siskiyousleddograces.com or write to: info@siskiyousleddograces.net.