What once was old is now new again. As profiled recently in Wired magazine and in the Wall Street Journal a couple years ago people are back at shovel racing y’all! For those too lazy to read either one of those articles, let me sum them up for you.

Shovel racing was a thing for like 30 years at Angel Fire resort in New Mexico until people started modifying the shovels so much that they became less like shovels and more like greased-lightning death sleds. After a few years off, most likely (and this is just a guess) because most of the more awesome racers kept dying, shovel racing is back sans the whole “modified” part. Just good ole fashioned shovel racing.

All you need is a shovel and a butt…ok and some arms and legs because i dunno how you are gonna steer and stop without em…and a snowsuit cause its cold.

You can get going pretty fast as evidenced by this 2012 shovel run that got up to 60+ m.p.h.

Crazy but man I totally would love to try this. This needs to be a thing at ski resorts everywhere.

Oh, want to know why the sport banned all those modified shovel racers? Check it out:

Yeah probably for the best that the sport went back to the original shovel.  99% of those devices had no resemblance to a shovel at all.  Cool looking? Hell yea!  Deadly? OH HELL YEAH! Shovels? No, not so much.

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