Where: New Mexico
When: February

Described as the "poor man's luge," shovel racing was a sport born out of necessity — and a bit of boredom. In the 1970s, lift workers at Angel Fire Resort in New Mexico realized they could move from one slope to another by sitting inside their shovel scoops and whooshing down the hill like a rocket. What began as an efficient means of transportation morphed into friendly competitions in which workers tried to one-up each other, pimping out their shovel-rides with everything from wheels to brake systems. After a few years hiatus, the race has enjoyed a comeback thanks to new rules which include a ban on souped-up shovels — only basic metal grain shovels are allowed. The racer sits in the shovel facing the handle, leans back with his feet pointed forwards, and rockets down the ski hill. "Elite" shovel racers have been clocked at speeds as high as 112 km/hr. They even have races for little tykes, aptly called "Little Scoops." Awww.

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