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12 wacky winter sports

By: Laura Moss on Dec. 21, 2010, 3 p.m.
person being pulled through snow on shovel

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Shovel racing

This unique sport began in the 1970s when ski lift operators were looking for a quick way to get down the slopes once the lifts closed. Today, shovel races take place across the nation on modified shovels that can reach speeds of up to 60 mph. If you want to take a spin on a shovel, but skip the downhill ride, then hitch your shovel up to a horse to experience a little “shoveljoring.”