musher

[muhsh-er]
noun Alaska and Northern Canada.
a person who competes in cross-country races with dog team and sled.

Origin:
1895–1900; mush2 + -er1

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mush2 (mʌʃ)
 
interj
1.  an order to dogs in a sled team to start up or go faster
 
vb
2.  to travel by or drive a dog sled
3.  (intr) to travel on foot, esp with snowshoes
 
n
4.  a journey with a dogsled
 
[C19: perhaps from French marchez or marchons, imperatives of marcher to advance]
 
'musher2
 
n

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When riding the sled, the musher can step down on the brake, driving the plate or hook into the snow to slow the sled down.
Accompanied by a professional musher, participants can try both riding in a dogsled and running behind as a musher.
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