Travel Channel’s TV-personality Bert the Conqueror to Participate in 2011 Shovel Race Championships in Angel Fire, New Mexico

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Angel Fire Resort’s Homespun Event will be filmed for National Broadcast

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Shovel Race Competitor in Good Form at the Angel Fire Resort Shovel Race Championships in Angel Fire, NM

This is by far one of the wildest events of the winter. To have it broadcast to a national audience lets us showcase the awesome combination of New Mexico mountains, snow, gravity and fools with tools.

Angel Fire Resort today announced Travel Channel will be on location for the resort’s world-famous Shovel Race Championships on February 12, 2011. The cable network will be filming an episode for its hit show, Bert the Conqueror. This series is hosted by fun and adventure-seeker, Bert Kreischer. Best known as a comedian, Kreischer travels across the United States to experience what the locals say are a ‘must’ in their town. This season, Kreischer continues to explore local competitions, backyard adventures, and thrill rides that bring out the kid in everyone. He will participate as a contestant in the Shovel Race competition.

“We‘re pleased to put Bert the Conqueror to the ultimate snow shovel speed test on our mountain,” says Dave Dekema, director of marketing for Angel Fire Resort. “This is by far one of the wildest events of the winter. To have it broadcast to a national audience lets us showcase the awesome combination of New Mexico mountains, snow, gravity and fools with tools.”

The Shovel Races Championships give any and all willing participants the opportunity to blaze down a groomed 1200+ foot snow track at speeds surpassing sixty miles per hour while sitting atop a standard metal snow shovel. Children as young as six years of age can participate on the “Lil’ Scoops” short track. Over one hundred racers, men and women, riding solo and in teams, are expected to compete. Spectators as well as competitors are welcome. Competitors are vying for cash and prizes.

New to the event this year is the addition of a Shovel Cross track. This course will be a curved track with banks and berms and designed for two riders to race side-by-side. This is strictly a fun competition vs. a timed event. Also on the schedule this year are shovel race “clinics” for guests looking at an easy foray in the sport of shovel racing. The clinics are offered on both Friday and Saturday from 10am-1pm on the Polar Coaster Tubing Hill. This provides a shorter, less intimidating track to develop shovel racing technique and skills.

The Shovel Race rules are simple. All competitors must wear a helmet. No modifications to the snow shovel will be allowed except for wax or paint. Each competitor gets two runs. The fastest time of two runs will determine the winner. The top three in each class will receive cash prizes, trophies and gift certificates from local retailers. Expert shovel racers recommend a standard #12 grain shovel as the ride of choice.

The concept of racing down a hill on a snow shovel began in the early 1970’s as lift operators sought a quick way back to the base area after a long day of work. A few of the more creative, decided to sit on their work shovels and ride them down the slopes. The concept spurred the first race in 1975 and for the next thirty years became one of the world’s most intriguing and bizarre winter events.

There will be live, evening entertainment all weekend long. Discounted lodging packages are available through Angel Fire Resort.

Additional event information may be found at

For more information on Angel Fire Resort promotions and activities visit their web site at or call 800-633-7463.

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, Angel Fire strives to offer the best value and choice for family outdoor recreation activities to its members, guests and visitors--including skiing, snowboarding, golf, mountain biking, tennis, fishing, hiking and more. For additional information on Angel Fire Resort, resort membership, or opportunities for real estate investment in Angel Fire, please call 800-633-7463 or visit the resort’s website at

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