Two years ago today, on a Saturday, I was in downtown Anchorage for the ceremonial start of the Iditarod, and this sun halo (22° halo) and associated sun dog (parhelion) was visible to the east over the Chugach Mountains.
As for this year, the ceremonial start was March 5th, and the official re-start in Willow was yesterday, March 6th. The race is now underway; current standings can be accessed here.
I love Alaska in the winter, at least in short doses, though I didn't make it up there this year.
A more recent (and more colorful) sun dog at EXPLICITLY UNEXPLICIT.