World Championship Shovel Races

January 31 – February 1, 2020
Angel Fire, NM
(800) 633-7463

Head to Angel Fire for this unique sports spectacle during the 41st Annual World Championship Shovel Races. This will be a truly special celebration as this year Angel Fire Resort will be hosting the very last Shovel Races, which will be held during the resort’s first Winter Carnival. Party like a local and watch the races while enjoying a few drinks.

Shovel Racing came from humble beginnings, dating back to the early 1970’s when lift operators would sit on their snow shovel and ride down the mountain after a long day in the lift shack. Soon, lift operators would race each other, seeing who could make it to the bottom fastest. Today, shovel racers from across the compete by sitting on the scoop of a standard aluminum grain shovel, handle pointed downhill, and lifting their hands and feet to allow gravity to bring them to the ski base—at speeds exceeding 50 miles per hour.

Learn More

Other Things to see While Visiting the Area

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The first memorial in the U.S. dedicated to our Vietnam Veterans, this internationally renowned chapel and visitor center are devoted to remembering all our vets, providing educational opportunities for the public, and maintaining a haven for healing and reconciliation.

Learn More

Eagle Nest Lake State Park

Located on the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, Eagle Nest Lake is surrounded by the stunning scenery of the high mountains of the Moreno Valley, making it an ideal getaway for hikers, campers, anglers, and wildlife enthusiasts. The lake is regularly stocked with trout and salmon, and visitors can fish from the banks or by boat and even ice fish.

Learn More

Cimarron Canyon State Park

Just 30 minutes from Angel Fire is Cimarron Canyon State Park, a narrow, forested canyon that offer its visitors beautiful views, camping, fishing, recreational trails, and amazing wildlife-viewing opportunities.

Learn More

Taos Pueblo

27 miles from Angel Fire at the base of the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains is the Taos Pueblo. The multi-story adobe pueblo has been continuously inhabited for more than 1,000 years and is the only living Native community to be designated both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark.

Learn More