World Championship Sled Dog Derby in Laconia cancelled due to lack of snow

Feb. 8—The 95th World Championship Sled Dog Derby Race has been canceled, Jennifer Hollows, Lakes Region Sled Dog Club president, said in a Facebook post on Thursday.

"There is no snow on most of the course to build a trail. The rest of this week will be above freezing during the day and no snow forecasted until next Tuesday making it too late and most likely still not enough snow to have a base and then build the trail," she said in the post.

The derby race, scheduled for Feb. 16-19 in Laconia, was not held last year due to lack of snow. The 2022 event was shortened due to conditions.

"We are saddened to cancel again but Mother Nature is not working with us," Hollows said.

According to the post, winners for the 2024 raffle prizes will be drawn on Facebook Live on Feb. 18 at 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at

The club will donate some of this year's club fundraising back into the community, including donations to the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction and the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation.