There may not be a lot of snow in Anchorage this year but street maintenance crews say they are confident there will be enough snow to cover city streets for upcoming events, like the ceremonial start of the Iron Dog Race this weekend as well as Fur Rendezvous and the Iditarod race.

Municipal street maintenance manager Paul Vanlandingham said the city has already collected the snow it will need to cover downtown as well as 11 miles of trail for the Fur Rondy races and the Iditarod’s ceremonial start.

“For all those events, a comfortable number for us is about 1,000 to 1,100 (truckloads),” Vanlandingham said. “And we feel as of right now we are sitting at that number.”

Vanlandingham said city crews have been collecting snow since November, picking it up in cul-de-sacs and parking lots as well as city streets. The majority of it has been stored in a huge snow dump in Mountain View.

He said the biggest challenge was finding snow that was white enough and clean enough for the Fur Rondy snow sculptures. That was located last week in the parking lot of the Sullivan Arena. Crews plan to truck it down to the Ship Creek area on Wednesday and begin forming the molds for the sculpture blocks on Thursday.