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Do they allow snow bikes in Vail or anywhere within an hour of vail?

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Do they allow snow bikes in Vail or anywhere within an hour of vail? 
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This thread is worthless without pictures.
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Agreed
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picture a mountain/downhill bike with spikes on tires.
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Hmm.   Why does this question, along with the poster's location, make me think of this article:

http://gearjunkie.com/self-reliance-defined-on-a-bike-in-alaska


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 They do have ski biking at night at Vail at Adventure Ridge.
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it's not for me.
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post

Hmm.   Why does this question, along with the poster's location, make me think of this article:

http://gearjunkie.com/self-reliance-defined-on-a-bike-in-alaska


?
 

Edited by guroo270 - 11/24/09 at 7:37am
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A bike with studded tires is just a bike and I don't think any resorts allow them on the mountain(in the winter) except for special occasions. A snow bike is a bike equipped with skis instead of wheels. I think Winter Park allows them but that is the only place I can think of.
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Keystone and A-Basin permit snow bikes (the kind with skis) on certain lifts ( I think due to loading capabilities ). The video I posted was done at A-Basin.

Never seen them at Vail or BC. Maybe Copper?? Breck, never seen 'em either. You'll have to contact patrol, probably, for their policies.
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I don't think they allow the "snow bikes" you describe anywhere (open resorts, in-bounds that is).  The ones in the video (with skis instead of wheels) can be rented at resorts that cater to Texans.  Try New Mexico; I'm unaware of any Colorado resorts that allow them.
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 Did you miss my post?  They rent them at night at Vail off the Gondola.

http://www.vaildaily.com/article/20090301/NEWS/902279911/1057/visitors&parentprofile=1068
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Vail doesn't allow ski bikes (aka snow bikes) during the day unless you are adaptive.

You can ski bike DURING THE DAY at Copper Mtn, A-Basin, Keystone, and Winter Park.

The information at ski-bike.org needs to be updated.  The people at Steamboat sent a little notice to them today.  Only adaptive ski biking at Steamboat.  (UPDATE 11/24/09 - SKI BIKING IS NOW LEGAL AT STEAMBOAT as of 11/23/09)

The new American Ski Bike Assoc website gives information but it is dated too.  Steamboat contacted them today too.

I wrote an article with more Colorado ski bike information here.


The snow bike that has its wheels still on and has skis strapped to it are not really allowed on most ski hills.  There is a YouTube video of one of those being ridden around by a guy at Winter Park.  There was one of those being ridden around Winter Park at least one day last season.  They were'nt sure if it was legal on the lift but the lifties eventually let it on.  I later saw a poster in a Guest Service break room that showed what was and was not allowed on the lift.  That kind of bike is not supposed to go on the lift according to that poster but obviously it did.  Talk nice and it's amazing what can happen.  I don't think they care at A-Basin.  You could probably take it up the lift there with no problem.  I would wear a leash though. 

Edited by daysailer1 - 11/24/09 at 9:46am
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 Did you miss my post?  They rent them at night at Vail off the Gondola.
 

Yep.  Allow me to revise mine:

The ones in the video (with skis instead of wheels) can be rented at resorts that cater to Texans.  Try New Mexico, or Vail.
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This thread is worthless without pictures.
Here ya go.  but yes, skimangojazz and daysailer completely answered the question.  thanks guys.  for some reason, and i can't think of why, but my buddies ride looks just a tad rougher to ride than the other ones.   maybe he should rent.


it still looks heeelllla fun though.
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That bike doesn't have any suspension.  No front shocks or back shock.  That's kinda rough on the back.  He could get 'racked' there too.   I would recommend he use a downhill mtn bike frame instead.  He can also upgrade with the new conversion kits that are about to come out.  They're being built in the Denver Metro region right now.  
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Ski-Bike/124534623217?ref=nf

The only place to rent peggers like he's got there is at Winter Park.  Otherwise you are stuck renting traditionals at Vail and Keystone.

That above bike is definitely legal at A-Basin.  I'm not sure about the others.  I think you might need to demo that it isn't going to fall apart since it's obviously homemade.
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NEWS FLASH.

Just got this from Steamboat.

Ski bikes are now LEGAL at Steamboat as of yesterday.!!!  YEAH!!!!!

See ya in the trees there.
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i certainly agree about the suspension.  i could get into this, though.  think about it.  you would probably never complain about terrain.  when is the half pipe competition?
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That's the beauty of ski biking, unless you are doing X Games stuff your body doesn't hurt at the end of the day.

The best ski bike mogul rider and half pipe rider is Devin Lenz.   He builds the bikes too.  He's over in Ft. Lupton.

The biggest ski bike festival is the one down in Durango.  They have a big-air contest but I bet you could get a half-pipe one going too.
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