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40th World Championship Shovel Races

February 8, 2019 @ 8:00 am - February 9, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

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This year,  Angel Fire Resort Shovel Races is turning 40!
Join us as amateur & professional shovel racers from around the world race for the title of Champion at Angel Fire Resort!

In the spirit of the 40th Anniversary, We will be offering 40% off lodging during Shovel Races!



Friday, February 8 | Practice & Registration Day  (Online registration includes a t-shirt)

12-4 pm | Registration, Village Haus & Practice for Registered Competitors, Exhibition

5 pm | Racer’s Meeting Village Haus [Mandatory for 1st Time Shovel Racers.]

Saturday, February 9 | Late Registration & Race Day 

8-9 am — Late Registration, Village Haus

9:30 am — Racing starts, Exhibition

Race Day Schedule 
9:30 am LITTLE SCOOPS First Run
9:45 am LITTLE SCOOPS Second Run
10 am WOMEN IN MEDIA First Run
10:45 am YOUTH (10-13 years) First Run
11 am JUNIOR (14-17 years) First Run
11:15 am YOUTH (10-13 years) Second Run
11:30 am JUNIOR (14-17 years) Second Run

11:45 am TEAM competition
12:45 pm ADULT WOMEN PRO First Run
1 pm ADULT MEN PRO First Run
1:15 pm ADULT WOMEN PRO Second Run
1:30 pm ADULT MEN PRO Second Run
1:45 pm ADULT WOMEN First Run
2 pm ADULT MEN First Run
2:15 pm ADULT MASTERS First Run
2:30 pm ADULT WOMEN Second Run
2:45 pm ADULT MEN Second Run
3 pm ADULT MASTERS Second Run


5-8 pm |  After Party & Awards Ceremony with live music by Katy P!



Race Information

Format & The Course

A single course, Exhibition.  One competitor at a time on the race course.  Competitors will race during their scheduled category time.  All categories complete one run, and then return to the start to complete their second scheduled run. Refer to schedule for category times.


Shovel Race Practice Run

Never raced on a shovel? There is a $5 charge to do practice on the course Friday.   Competitors must sign a waiver at registration, wear a helmet and eye protection, and show a wristband to the course official. $5 fee may be applied toward registration fee if you decide you want to compete.


The top 3 best times in each class will receive prizes.

Awards Ceremony and Party

Over $3,200 in cash and prizes will be awarded in the Village Haus at 5:30 p.m.  Support your fellow shovel racers and enjoy live entertainment following the awards ceremony.


Other Important Information:

  • Racers can only compete in one Category.
  • Production shovels only, no modifieds.
  • All racers must have a lift ticket or season/membership pass to access Lift #2.
  • Lift tickets to access Lift #2 will be sold at registration for $10.
  • Everyone will be required to sign a release. Releases will be available during registration.
  • Angel Fire Resort will have a very limited number of shovels for use, so it is recommended that all racers bring their own shovels.  Helmets and eye protection are required, but will not be supplied by Angel Fire Resort.  However, helmets can be rented or purchased at Slopeside Sports, the base area ski rental shop, where goggles can also be purchased.
  • You must be wearing a bib to be on-course, with the exception of the Practice Run where a wristband is required.
  • The practice run is $5, but you must sign a release and show your wristband and wear a helmet and eye protection.


Note: Racers must check in with the Start Official at least 15 minutes prior to their start time. All Racers (with the exception of Little Scoops) will be seeded randomly for their first run and seeded by time (slowest time first – fastest time last) for their second run.  If a racer is not present for their age category time slot, they will not be allowed to race that run and will be given a DNS [Did Not Start].


Finish Times

The time elapsed from the start to the finish will be electronically measured and recorded to .001 second when the competitor, sitting in/on the scoop of the shovel, passes through the designated finish line.


The fastest two-run combined time will be the winner.


  1. No physical alterations are allowed to the running surface of the grain scoops (shovels) other than the application of wax or similar type substance to the underside or bottom of the scoop. You may adhere tape or other similar materials to the handle of the shovel to make it easier to grip. You may paint the seat of the grain scoop but no traction aiding substance is allowed.
  2. Barging the start gate constitutes a false start. First false start in a heat is a warning; the second false start in a heat is a disqualification.
  3. If a racer is not in contact with their shovel upon crossing the finish line, that racer will receive a DNF (Did Not Finish) for that run. Should a racer lose complete contact with their shovel during a run, they will receive a DNF for that run and will be required to grab his/her shovel and immediately move laterally off the course.
  4. Protests can only be made by the competitor immediately following the completion of their run, before leaving finish area. Protests will only be accepted at the main scoreboard. All protests must include a $20 fee. This fee will be refunded to the competitor if the Judging and Inspection Committee deems the protest valid. If not, the money will not be refunded.


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