Ready your shovels, racers!

Angel Fire hosts 40th annual world championship competition

Submitted by Angel Fire Resort
Posted 2/6/19

Angel Fire Resort is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its world famous shovel races and competitors are waxing up their rides for the Feb. 8-9 competition.Racers of all ages are invited to pit …

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Ready your shovels, racers!

Angel Fire hosts 40th annual world championship competition

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Angel Fire Resort is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its world famous shovel races and competitors are waxing up their rides for the Feb. 8-9 competition.

Racers of all ages are invited to pit their favorite shovels against each other in a race that's as fun to watch as it is to compete in. Crashes, rolls, flips and blinding speed are all part of this unusual sport.

This year, anyone can compete for the coveted World Championship Shovel Racing title at Angel Fire Resort.

Shovel racing was born in the 1970s after a few lift operators began racing each other down the mountain after their shifts. The organized media competition of shovel racing has been held for 39 years at Angel Fire Resort. National news outlets including ESPN, ABC Sports, MTV, and The Travel Channel have even featured the event. Shovel racing was also once a featured sport during the early years of the Winter X Games.

Racers sit on the scoop of a standard aluminum grain shovel, handle pointed downhill, and let gravity take them for a ride down the slope. Each rider gets two shots to clock the fastest time down the front of the Angel Fire ski mountain, and top speeds regularly exceed 70 miles per hour. The practice session will be held Feb. 8, with the competition occurring Feb. 9.

Racing categories include:

Little Scoops (ages 6-9)

Youth (ages 10-13)

Junior (ages 14-17)

Media (open to men or women currently working in TV, print or radio)

Adult women (ages 18+)

Adult men (ages 18-44)

Master men (ages 45+)

Pro men

Pro women

Team (4-person team - best of top 3 times)

New this year is the Team category. In this category four people will team up to share collectively their times. Each person will race just one time and the top three best times will be recorded.

People working in media have their own category. "Shovel races is that rare sport where if you don't let your fear get the best of you, you can win in your category the very first time you try it," states Jessica Garate, KRQE-TV anchor. "Women have been laying it on the line for years at Angel Fire Resort. Now we're seeing more men from the media want in. We welcome them knowing they will get smoked by the ladies."

Angel Fire Resort is offering a 40 percent lodging discount for Shovel Racing weekend. The discount is good for any two-night stay, Feb. 7-11, 2019 made at least 48-hours in advance.

Visit www.angelfireresort.com for race rules and registration.

- Report submitted by Angel Fire Resort

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