February at Angel Fire Resort means one thing: Competitors of all ages are once again waxing up their snow shovels for the legendary Angel Fire Shovel Race Championship, presented by Lowe's Market, happening Feb. 8.
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 in the 1970's when lift operators would ride their shovels down the mountain at the end of their shifts.