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Snow Shovel Racing Returns to Angel Fire

Popular Winter Competition to be Held February 5-7, 2010

ANGEL FIRE, New Mexico (December 14, 2009) – Angel Fire Resort today announced the return of snow shovel racing to its winter slopes. The competition will be held in Angel Fire, New Mexico on February 6, 2010. The event gives any and all willing participants the opportunity to compete for cash and prizes by blazing down a groomed 1200+ foot snow track at speeds surpassing sixty miles per hour while sitting atop a snow shovel. Children as young as six years of age can participate on the “Lil’ Scoops” short track. Over one hundred racers, men and women, riding solo and in teams, are expected to compete.

Shovel racing at Angel Fire went on hiatus in 2005 after thirty years of racing. The sport, which evolved from an Angel Fire employee pastime to ultimately become “The World Shovel Racing Championships at Angel Fire,” featured racing on both standard production shovels, as well as elaborately conceived, Indy-car influenced, “modified” shovels. Shovel racing peaked with national sponsors, television coverage on many national news and international outlets, and an appearance by the top modified shovel racers at the first ESPN Winter X Games.

“Angel Fire Resort had to take a breather from this popular event due to concerns for safety with the modified shovel racers, some of which were starting to look like NASA rockets and topped speeds of seventy miles per hour,” says John Burt, director of mountain operations for Angel Fire Resort. “We have found a way to make it work by getting back to the basics with just the old-school production shovels.”

Rules have been simplified from past years. All competitors must wear a helmet. No modifications to the snow shovel will be allowed except for wax or paint. Each competitor gets two runs. The fastest time of two runs will determine the winner. The top three in each class will receive cash prizes, trophies and gift certificates from local retailers. Expert shovel racers recommend a standard #12 grain shovel as the ride of choice.

The concept of racing down a hill on a snow shovel began in the early 1970’s as lift operators sought a quick way back to the base area after a long day of work. A few of the more creative, decided to sit on their work shovels and ride them down the slopes. The concept spurred the first race in 1975 and for the next thirty years became one of the world’s most intriguing and bizarre winter events.

The three-day festivities will include race clinics and track practice on Friday, February 5; timed competition on Saturday, February 6; and a blow out Super Bowl Sunday party on Sunday, February 7. There will be live, evening entertainment all weekend long. Discounted lodging packages are available for participants at the Lodge at Angel Fire Resort.

For more information on Angel Fire Resort promotions and activities visit their web site at www.angelfireresort.com or call 800-633-7463.

About Angel Fire Resort Angel Fire Resort is a top year-round mountain resort destination in New Mexico. Situated at over 8,600’ elevation in the Southern Rocky Mountains, Angel Fire strives to offer the best value and choice for family outdoor recreation activities to its members, guests and visitors--including skiing, snowboarding, golf, mountain biking, tennis, fishing, hiking and more. For additional information on Angel Fire Resort, resort membership, or opportunities for real estate investment in Angel Fire, please call 800-633-7463 or visit the resort’s website at www.angelfireresort.com.

To line up an interview with an Angel Fire executive or for more information contact:

Krysty Ronchetti
Public Relations Rep
Angel Fire Resort
505-821-9279
krysty@sjcommunications.com