January 31-February 1 In the 29th ANNUAL WORLD SHOVEL RACE CHAMPIONSHIPS at New Mexico's Angel Fire Resort, prize seekers blast down a 1,000-foot snow slope at more than 60 miles per hour—sitting on shovels. Can you dig it? www.angelfireresort.com

February 6-15 World-class pro cyclers brave swelter and grueling climbs in the ninth TOUR DE LANGKAWI, a ten-stage, 777-mile showdown along Malaysia's western coast. www.tdl.com.my

February 14-26 Dogged mushers gee and haw from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Whitehorse, Canada, in the YUKON QUEST 1,000-MILE INTERNATIONAL SLED DOG RACE. www.yukonquest.com

February 21 At 8:20 a.m., some 6,500 racers kick off the 31st AMERICAN BIRKEBEINER CROSS-COUNTRY SKI MARATHON, Wisconsin's 32-mile ski-for-all. www.birkie.com

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