So... we have about 50cm of fluffy white powder – and by that I mean fluffy. It's the kind of stuff you just sink right down into, offering very little resistance. A week ago we had a warmer spell (around 0ºC / 32ºF) which compacted the initially super-fluffy stuff down a little, but not much.
At the moment temperatures seem to have leveled out around -12ºC, but February is often the coldest month, so anything could happen.
One thing's for sure, fatbiking on these types of tracks will keep you warm. You'll soon be doing the sweaty-venting dance, removing layers, and then deciding that maybe taking the gloves off wasn't the smartest idea after all.
As my rides thus far have been on more compacted trails, I was surprised to find how painful it became to breathe the cold air under exertion. Granted I'm not as fit as all of you people who have been training for months, but I began to wish for some kind of mask.
That's about it. If anyone has any questions, or wants an update, leave a comment and I'll be happy to help.
Both of my Pugsley's are rented out for the race, so I wish all the competitors best of luck, and hope to see a few familiar faces after you complete the 150 km! You're all much braver than me!!
Remember - you can rent a Fatbike in Lapland from Backpacking North, or buy one from REI and give me a big fat commission.