Winner Clocks Speeds at 67 mph Flying Down a Ski Mountain on a Shovel at Angel Fire Resort Shovel Race Championships

Hundreds Flock to New Mexico Ski Resort to Try Their Luck at Shovel Racing

Broll Link of Shovel Racing Included

The 2013 World Famous Shovel Races took place at Angel Fire Resort in New Mexico where top speeds were clocked at over 67 mph. Angel Fire Resort has been hosting the Shovel Races for the past 30 years. (Photo: Business Wire)


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ANGEL FIRE, N.M.--()--Hundreds of spectators and dare devils converged on the slopes of Angel Fire Resort in New Mexico this weekend, as competitors of all ages waxed up their snow shovels for the legendary Angel Fire Shovel Race Championships. The annual 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 Andy Whitacre, mountain operations, Angel Fire Resort. “It has since grown into a crazy competition on the mountain that includes speed suits, costumes and radar guns! No year is ever the same, as competitors always try and out do each other every season.”

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.

This year’s winners:
Overall Top Man: John Strader, Albuquerque: 13:07 seconds; 67.74 mph
Overall Top Woman: Paloma Gonzales, Angel Fire: 14:42 seconds; 61.40 mph

Children as young as age 6 participated in the “Little Scoop” race category.


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. For additional information on Angel Fire Resort please call 800-633-7463 or go to


Angel Fire Resort
Public Relations Rep
Krysty Ronchetti, 505-821-9279

Release Summary

Angel Fire Resort in Angel Fire New Mexico held the 2013 World Famous Shovel Races. Top speeds were clocked at over 67 mph on a shove. Angel Fire Resort has hosted the sporting event for 30 years.



Angel Fire Resort
Public Relations Rep
Krysty Ronchetti, 505-821-9279