Start your shovels, world championship titles on the line


Competitors are waxing their grain shovels once again as they prepare for the 39th Annual Angel Fire Resort World Championship Shovel Races.

This year, several daredevils of all ages will take the plunge down Angel Fire Mountain – vying for the coveted World Championship Shovel Racing title Feb. 2-3.

Racers from all over the country compete by sitting on the scoop of a standard aluminum snow shovel, handle pointed downhill, and then lift their hands and feet to allow gravity to take them for a ride. Each rider gets two shots to clock the fastest time down the front of the Angel Fire ski mountain with speeds regularly exceeding 70 miles per hour. Registration and a practice session will be held Feb. 2, with the competition occurring Feb. 3.

Shovel racing began as a simple contest in the 1970s when lift operators would ride their shovels down the mountain at the end of their shifts.

If jumping on a shovel and racing down the mountain isn’t on your bucket list, this is still a must-attend event while in Angel Fire. There is plenty of space to watch the races unfold from the sidelines. After the races, awards and live music will take place in The Village Haus.

Racing categories include little scoops (ages 6-9), youth (ages 10-13), junior (ages 14-17), adult women (ages 18 and older), adult men (ages 18-44), master men (ages 45 and older), pro men and pro women.

Those who feel they are expert shovel racers are encouraged to enter the pro categories. Cash or prizes will be given to the fastest competitors in all age-specific categories.

The event will also include the 6th Annual Women in Media Shovel Race Competition – where women, and some men, in New Mexico television media compete for bragging rights and the fastest time down the hill on a shovel.

The organized competition of shovel racing has been held for over 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.

The Angel Fire Resort shovel races even made Jettsetter’s list of 11 Craziest Winter Adventures and Men’s Journal as a “World Championship You Can Win.”

Race Day Schedule

9:30 a.m. Little Scoops - First Run

9:45 a.m. Little Scoops - Second Run

10 a.m. Women in Media - First Run

10:45 a.m. Youth (10-13 years) - First Run

11 a.m. Junior (14-17 years) - First Run

11:15 a.m. Youth (10-13 years) - Second Run

11:30 a.m. Junior (14-17 years) - Second Run

12:45 p.m. Adult Women Pro - First Run

1 p.m. Adult Men Pro - First Run

1:15 p.m. Adult Women Pro - Second Run

1:30 p.m. Adult Men Pro - Second Run

1:45 p.m. Adult Women - First Run

2 p.m. Adult Men - First Run

2:15 p.m. Adult Masters - First Run

2:30 p.m. Adult Women - Second Run

2:45 p.m. Adult Men - Second Run

3 p.m. Adult Masters - Second Run

For more details about the Angel Fire World Shovel Race Championship, including registration and rules, visit