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Speed And Guts Combine For Different Kind Of World Championship Ski Event At Angel Fire Resort

on February 10, 2019 - 1:40pm

Scene from annual shoval race this weekend at Angel Fire Resort. Courtesy/Angel Fire Resort

Scene from annual shoval race this weekend at Angel Fire Resort. Courtesy/Angel Fire Resort

Scene from annual shoval race this weekend at Angel Fire Resort. Courtesy/Angel Fire Resort

Watch shovel race video here. Courtesy/Angel Fire Resort

SPORTS News:

  • Racers Top 64 MPH In Quest for Shovel Race Crown At Angel Fire Resort

ANGEL FIRE – Hundreds of spectators and daredevils converged this weekend on the slopes of Angel Fire Resort (www.angelfireresort.com) a New Mexico ski resort, as competitors of all ages waxed up their snow shovels for the 40th Annual Angel Fire World Championship Shovel Races.

This year’s winners:

  • Men’s Category: Justin Gonzales, who clocked more than 64 mph and did the course in 13.9 seconds.
  • Female Category: Nadia Gonzales, clocked just over 64 mph and finished in 14 seconds.
  • Women in Media Category: Brittany Costello from KOB TV in Albuquerque, who clocked speeds at more than 46 mph and finished in 14.3 seconds.
  • Men in Media Category: Daniel Trujillo from KRQE TV in Albuquerque, who clocked speeds at more than 45 mph and finished in 14.9 seconds.

 The annual challenge is fairly simple. Competitors sit on the scoop of a standard aluminum snow shovel, handles 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. Top speeds regularly exceed 60 miles per hour.

“Shovel racing began as a simple contest here in the 1970’s when our lift operators would ride their shovels down the mountain at the end of their shifts. We are now celebrating our 40th year of this competition,” said Angel Fire Resort Marketing Manager Ruth Worden. “It has since grown into a crazy competition on the mountain that includes speed suits, costumes and radar guns! No year is ever the same, as competitors always try and out do each other every season.”

The organized competition has been held for more than 40 years at Angel Fire Resort, and racers come from all over the world to compete. More than 185 women, men and children competed for the title this year. The event has even been featured by national news outlets including ESPN, ABC Sports, MTV and The Travel Channel. Shovel racing also was once a featured sport during the early years of the Winter X Games.

Scene from annual shoval race this weekend at Angel Fire Resort. Courtesy/Angel Fire Resort

Scene from annual shoval race this weekend at Angel Fire Resort. Courtesy/Angel Fire Resort

Scene from annual shoval race this weekend at Angel Fire Resort. Courtesy/Angel Fire Resort

Scene from annual shoval race this weekend at Angel Fire Resort. Courtesy/Angel Fire Resort

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