Is there some new fad with ski bikes? Saw a surprising amount of ski bikers on the hill one day, but for the life of my can't see why that would be fun.
there are times when you've done everything on the mountain, and on an average/mediocre day something different will be more fun.
My friend who is an expert snowboarder and on a average mediocre day with the usual lift lines decided to try skis.
Suddenly the mountain is big again and you can have 20minutes of fun sliding on a green, versus 3minutes on a steep black and back to waiting.
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Ski bikes have to be the dumbest piece of snow sports equipment ever invented. Who wants to lug a big, heavy, metal bike around all day? It's also gotta hurt if you get into a crash with one of those.
If you want to bike the snow, get some snow tires and actually bike the snow. Otherwise, use skis and snowboards since a snow bike is basically just a big hunk of metal on top of boards.
I don't think that ski bikes are anything but a small fad. In fact, I don't think it's even a fad since they've been around for years. More like a tiny following and/or people looking to try something new.
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Ski bikes are a great way to get a total non skier/boarder out on the mountain in a very short time. After just a couple of days, a new ski biker should be comfortable doing blue square runs all over the mountain.
Assuming they don't have a fear of speed...
They seem to come out more towards the end of the season, after people have gotten their snow fix...At heavenly (tahoe) they rent them.
We teach them night and day at Winter Park http://www.winterparkresort.com/lessons/skibikes-and-nightbikes/
Skibikers tend to be wealthier clients than skiers and snowboarders. Skibikes run $1500.00 - $3700.00. Similar to prices of mountain bikes. I actually prefer to teach skibike lessons since the classes are smaller and the clients are better tippers than skiers or snowboarders. I never make less than $50 in tips in a skibike lesson.
I worry more about teenagers and elderly skiers in their 60's, 70's, 80's being inattentive and not following the Skier Responsibility Code. Skibikers are well aware of the Safety Code. It's taught in mandatory lessons before people can rent them. If they don't pass the riding test, they don't get a skibike license. Most resorts require a license for renting and riding the lifts.
There are now two types of skibikes:
Skibobs for the disabled, overweight, and elderly skiers. Elderly skiers (those in their 60's, 70's, & 80's) like how they are easy on the knees and backs. They are really popular with the elderly set at Steamboat, Keystone, and Winter Park. The night skibob program at Vail is pretty popular too. First-timers can be carving blue runs in one hour.
The peg skibikes are popular with athletic skiers, downhill mountain bikers, and the X Games set. This is the most popular type of bike at Winter Park and Durango - lots of mountain bikers. They take anywhere from one hour to 3 hours to learn to stop and make skidded turns on blue runs.
We're getting more resorts to allow them every season in the USA and Europe. Join our Facebook group and you'll find out where.
Skibike meets are upcoming at Loon Mountain, Sipapu, Hoodoo, and Durango Mountain Resort.
Learn more at http://americanski-bike.org/
I agree. These middle-aged white guys were all out torturing themselves on 7-Mile year before last. Backcountry skibiking is pure hell. Their wallets were alot lighter after buying all those bikes too.
I love that video.
One wears foot skis with a skibob. Not so with a peg skibike.
Someone over in Switzerland went nuts and ordered this custom peg skibike. Prolly flown over there by now. (Picture taken 3 weeks ago). Those crazy Swiss! With shipping + VAT it musta set him back at least $4000.00
I know I'm a few weeks behind in replying to this thread, but I just stumbled across it. I purchased a Brenter skibob this fall on ebay and hit the slopes with it this winter. This is the skibike that has ski's on your feet and the learning curve is very easy. 2 weeks ago I purchased a Geary snowbike (stand on pegs) and I've been having a blast. Being a snowboarder the past 22 yrs the snowbike is a whole new world of fun. As mentioned earlier about the boarder turned skier, I'm now having fun on terrain I would have considered boring with the board.
As to the "lugging around a heavy thing", the bike is not a problem. Getting on and off the lift is a snap as the Geary is designed to go up easy, and ride down with the folding seat.
My kids now ride the Brenter and I ride the Geary. We have about 10 locals with snowbikes now at my local hill and it seems more and more of the other skier/boarders are becoming interested. No rentals from our ski area yet, but if the popularity continues they may change that. I find the only people that put these down are the ignorant, those who don't know what the bikes are all about, and most likely have never even seen one. It is all about having fun on the snow and the more options you have, the better IMO.