Slideshow: Mushers learn quickly that they can't wait for an ideal winter day to run their dogs

Race marshall Donna Gentry, left foreground, meets with mushers at Rainy Pass to vote on whether to suspend the 1985 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race because of weather conditions. The race was suspended for 24 hours.
City of Anchorage snow removal personnel gather snow in Anchorage, Alaska, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003, for the ceremonial start of the 2003 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Due to the warm weather and the lack of snow in Anchorage, the Iditarod Trail Committee has been gathering snow to lay down along the 11 mile race route through Anchorage. The restart will take place in Fairbanks, Monday March 3. (AP Photo/Al Grillo)
Karen Land gets her dog team back on track near the Riverboat Discovery on the Chena River in 2003, the year the race started started in Fairbanks.
Erik Hill
An Iditarod musher crests a rise in the Farewell Burn, where lack of snow meant mushing across dirt, gravel and vegetation during the third day of Iditarod 2001.
Jim Lavrakas
Craig Medred