Looks like everyone will be required to take a skibike lesson before hitting the slopes at Vail Resorts or show competence. Lessons are generally 2-3 hours long and competence must be demo'd by the end of the lesson. It should be that way in skiing too. Beaver Creek will have additional restrictions on skibikes. It will be restricted to bikes with 2 skis. No three-ski skibikes.
Not sure yet if they will allow homebuilt skibikes. Most ski areas that allow them require manufactured skibikes. Durango Mountain Resort is one of those. You must also show your certification before boarding the chairlift every single time there. You must take a lesson to get your certification. They only have skibobs at the hill but a mountain bike store in Durango rents peg skibikes.
I had a drunk/stoned snowboarder plow into me in a Family Slow Area at A-Basin two years ago. He wasn't hurt but I got broken ribs and the end of my season.
Five seasons ago skiers came up to me all the time at Winter Park and told me how dangerous it looked. Now everyone asks where to sign up for lessons. People from around the world have taken peg skibike lessons at Winter Park.
Give it time and an open mind. You might be surprised.
I'll be posting updates to my Colorado Skibiker Blog.
And a Warren Miller Entertainment skier learning to skibob at Keystone.
Edited by daysailer1 - 11/9/12 at 5:52pm