Originally Posted by wolf_creek_freak
I was wondering if you have every tryed skibiking and if it is hard to convert a bike into a skibike?
I am somewhat close to Durango Mountain Resort where they allow it.
I personally would not recommend converting a bike into a skibike. I believe the suspension was made for dirt/rock/roads. I would suspect that the cold temps may affect the oil/coil suspension performance as well. Besides, DMR restricts riders w/o footskis to just the 6-pack. A rider has to don footskis (i.e. attached to ski boots) to access the whole mtn. I've seen some guys at A-Basin ride the converted type but have yet to see them ride Pali or deep powder.
Durango Mtn Resort, Telluride, Keystone and Vail all have learn to ride programs. They all have a purpose-built, ski resort friendly skibike to teach guests on. I did some research and found that the Brenter Snowbike has been through some 60 years R&D in Austria (since 1946). There were two guys riding those bikes in A-Basin's Enduro event last couple of years.
I tried one maybe 7 or 8 years ago at Keystone and had fun - even went into easy glades. We were laughing but maybe because we thought it looks funny to sit while moving down the slopes. Had to ride with a ski instructor every time we went out so I didn't stick with it then.
Whistler supposedly has a bunch of these too.