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Shovel Race Championships Return to the Slopes of AFR

ANGEL FIRE, NM - (January 31, 2012) Competitors of all ages are once again waxing their snow shovels for the legendary Angel Fire Shovel Race Championship happening February 11 - 12, 2012. The challenge is fairly simple. Competitors sit 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. 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, "explains Dave Dekema, director of marketing, Angel Fire Resort. "It has since grown into a wacky, full-bore competition with speed suits, radar guns, costumes and family racing legacies. Just about every idea to blow it out of proportion in the name of good winter fun has been exploited."

The organized competition has been held for over 30 years at Angel Fire Resort, and racers are expected from all corners of the country. The event has even been featured by national news outlets including ESPN, ABC Sports, MTV and The Travel Channel. Shovel racing was also once a featured sport during the early years of the Winter X Games.

Children as young as age 6 are invited to participate in the "Little Scoop" race category. Cash and prizes will be given to the fastest competitors in all age-specific categories. The weekend events will include race clinics, snow shovel sculpture contests, family activities and live music.

For more details about Angel Fire the World Shovel Race Championship registration, or to find out about winter rates, trails and reservations go to or call 800-633-7463. For a quick look at what you can expect at the World Shovel Race Championship, check out this link:

MEDIA: To RSVP to the event, or for additional information on lodging/press kits, photos or B-Roll contact:

Krysty Ronchetti

505-821-9279 Office

818-939-9542 Cell


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

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

Krysty Ronchetti
Public Relations Rep
Angel Fire Resort