Get your shovels waxed, we’re about two weeks away from the 40th Shovel Race World Championship at Angel Fire Resort.
Before we jump into what’s happening on race weekend, let’s take a look at Shovel Racing throughout the years.
Shovel Racing has humble beginnings dating back to the early 1970s. At the end of a long day in the lift shack, lift operations employees would sit on their snow shovel and ride it to the back to the base area. This soon evolved into lifties racing each other and keeping time to see who could make it to the bottom fastest. Little did they know they were creating a whole new sport.
Not long after Shovel Racing took off, racers creativity started running wild. Imagining all the ways a racer could make it down the hill faster, The Modifieds class was born. Racers would spend all summer designing, building, and hoping their unique vehicle would secure them the fastest time on race day. The number one rule was that a shovel must be in contact with the snow at all times, other than that, it was up to the racers imagination. Unfortunately, the Modified class got a little too dangerous for even X Games standards and has since been retired. Check out this video from the time-capsule filmed by Warren Miller Entertainment at the 25th Annual Shovel Races.
The 40th World Championship
2019 marks a special chapter for the Shovel Racing World Championships. The one time Winter X Games sport which has been hosted at Angel Fire Resort since the beginning is celebrating by offering 40% off rooms at The Lodge during race weekend, as well as introducing a new team category. Four racers may now entire on a single team in which the top 3 fastest times will be counted for the overall score. Registration is open and space is limited, so Register To Race Now! You’re definitely going to want to stick around for the After-Party & Awards Ceremony with live music by KTP & The Biz, which will take place from 5-8 PM at Village Haus.
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