Ocean Blue News Blog
By Sara Lang
You would think that whoever thought up Snow Shovel Racing was either out of a sled when it came time to take the kids sledding, or has the sense of humor of someone that always has a good time, no matter the weather. However, the beginnings of snow shovel racing had more to do with convenience than anything else.
Competitive shovel racing was born in New Mexico's ski resorts during the 1970s, where ski resort workers used snow shovels to get around more easily. By 1997, snow shovel racing was featured in the winter X games. It was almost banned when a shovel racer was seriously injured that year. The resort that hosted the largest annual competition dropped the event in 2005 due to liability. Since modified sleds were banned, the races resumed.
Today, Angel Fire Resort in Angel Fire, New Mexico is the most well known venue for snow shovel racing where a wide age range of competitors take to the slopes, from students to retirees. Thanks to Wikipedia for sharing a overview of this wild snow adventure! Visit more at Wikipedia:
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When you visit the next snow capped mountain be sure to bring your snow shovel and can help make others laugh the entire way down!
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