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ANGEL FIRE, N.M. — What goes up must come down — in wild, blazing speeds at the 2011 Snow Shovel Races.

Adrenaline junkies and curious first-timers fly by the seat of their pants on metal grain snow shovels, legs up, steering with their hands pressed in the snow down a 1,200 foot-long mountain track, vying for the best time out of two runs.

Part whacked-out sledding, part unconventional luging, this extreme sport came to be from ski resort workers using shovels as sleds to get from one place to another in the 1970s. It evolved to become an intense competition, with tricked-out shovels and high speeds leading the way   …  More

Airboards were created in Switzerland several years ago after many years of trial and error. Because they’re inflatable they’re lightweight and you can take them with you pretty much anywhere! (Plus, as Docta P and Ice can attest, having an air cushion to land on really keeps your ribs in place – check out these pics of the founders as kids riding “Krazy Karpets” down snowy hills!)

The Airboards allow the rider total control with their tri-channel bottom and grippable handles. Riverboarders will be instantly at home on these things, and although nothing beats a whitewater rapid, snow bodyboarding is a great rush at face level!

Video Cycling Snow Bike – Testing last yrs ski bike -went ok but will be a major overhaul for this year. weather was terrible

canterburyMountains of ‘powder-perfect’ snow in Canterbury make best skiing for a decade

Canterbury’s 16 ski areas are all clear and ready for more action, after a record-breaking school holiday season.

“With an ice-skating rink in the heart of the city and 16 ski areas within one to three hours of the city, Canterbury is a winter paradise for snow-lovers,” says Kath Low, General Manager Marketing, Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism (CCT).

“Great air fare deals and exceptional value accommodation packages at make this the best winter ever to come to Christchurch.”

A heavy blanket of snow, and forecasts of lots more to come on the Southern Alps has skiers and snowboarders revelling in some of the best conditions in a decade…  Details