Tourism Ireland

Angel Fire Resort’s World Championship Shovel Races

by Benjamin Kerns

Mar 20, 2019

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Trends / Sports

Forget about skis — have you ever tried racing down the side of a mountain on top of a shovel? If not, Angel Fire Resort’s World Championship Shovel Race is the best place to try it. Each year the annual event showcases dozens of racers attempting to outrace each other on a pretty unique ride. Watching people turn your childhood makeshift sled into a competitive sporting event is a surprisingly thrilling event.


Competitors are required to prep their shovels using minimal alterations, usually just figuring out the right amount of wax. They hop on the shovels with the handle facing forward, and then try to hold their feet in the air and hang on tight while they barrel through the snow. As you can imagine, there are plenty of wipeouts along the way. The championship bouts are broken up into categories with events for children and adults and separate events for women and men.


Spectators probably have the best time, though. The resort has a variety of open bars to watch from and plenty of alcohol to go around. Angel Fire Resort itself is one of the country’s top ski resorts, so even if you’re not into watching people shovel their way down a mountain, you’ll still find plenty of activities to keep you busy. The resort features pools, saunas and tons of outdoor trails to explore. For more information on the event and how to sign up, head to Angel Fire’s website.



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