If you’ve ever wanted to learn a new snow sport, you won’t find a more exciting sport than at Angel Fire Resort on Saturday, Feb. 8. Competitors of all ages are waxing up their snow shovels for the return of the legendary Angel Fire Shovel Race Championship.

The premise is fairly simple: racers sit on the scoop of a standard aluminum snow shovel, point the handle downhill and let gravity take them for a ride. Each rider gets two shots to clock the fastest time down the front side of Angel Fire, and top speeds regularly exceed 60 miles per hour.

This year’s event will expand into the weekend and include a winter carnival complete with snow art competitions, a showing of Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride, live music and a Dummy (Gelande) Launch.

Children as young as age 6 are invited to participate in the “Little Scoop” race category. Cash and prizes will be given to the fastest competitors in all age-specific categories. The weekend events will include a practice course, food and drink specials and live music.

For more details about the Angel Fire World Shovel Race Championship registration, or to find out about winter rates, trails and reservations, visit their website or call 800-633-7463.