New for the 2012 - 2013 ski season, Vail Resorts is now allowing skbikes and snow bikes at its ski resorts in Colorado and California. In Colorado this includes Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone. I mentioned this in an earlier thread but I felt it needed its own breakout thread.
I contacted Vail Resorts to get their skibike rules and regulations. I also talked to the Breckenridge Health & Safety Manager for further clarification on some rules.
The rules are:
Skibikes/Snowbikes – Allowed under the following parameters:
• Bike must have no more than two (2) skis.
• Must have metal edges on the skis.
• Must have a seat.
• May only have one ride per bike.
• Must be designed to load the lift without slowing or stopping.
• Must be loaded within the envelope of the chair; bike counts as a rider on the chair lift.
• Not allowed in terrain parks.
• May be restricted in certain areas of the mountain and lifts for safety reasons.
• No homemade bikes.
• Retention device.
Vail Resort does NOT allow the following alternative sliding devices at our resorts including but not limited to:
- Snowskates, SkiTrikes, plastic snowboards, Sleds/discs for the purpose of sledding, Snowscooters, Toboggans, Tubes (expect in designated venues, i.e. Adventure Ridge, Adventure Point, etc.), Bodysleds, Airboards, Ghosky.
This list is subject to change at any time and may have slight variations at each resort.
Vail Resorts employee use of Skibikes/Snowbikes, Snowdecks and other alternative sliding devices are not permissible forms of transportation to and from work stations. The exception to this is guided Skibike/Snowbike tours from our activities groups and/or instruction from our ski schools.
What I clarified with specific mention was the following:
No homemade skibikes which includes conversion skibikes. They want bikes to be as manufactured as possible.
Leashes must be worn at all times.
No skibikes permitted in any Vail Resorts terrain park. Unfortunately this now includes Keystone which has long permitted them there.
Skibikes must be loaded into chairlift. Skibikes like Geary's must not be carried underneath the chairlift.
Peg skibikers are not required to wear foot skis.
No checkout rides are required.
Lessons and rentals are currently only being offered at Keystone.
No license required to ride at Vail Resorts.
This is a big win for skibikers so let's not lose this.
I'm posting more skibike information as I receive it at http://coloradoskibikerskibikingblog.blogspot.com/