Ski Bikes Are Easier Than Skiing or Snowboarding
by G. Kunkel
(This article was originally published on Yahoo! Voices on 5/10/2009)
Whether you ride a snow bike, a ski bike, a snow cycle, or a ski bob, you’re always looking for fun on the slopes. Ski bikes aka snow bikes, have been popular in Europe since 1949 but until recently have only enjoyed intermittent success in North America. Due to recent technical advances, ski biking is now enjoying a resurgence in the USA. Some ski areas have been slow to catch onto this trend and ban this potential source of revenue. Progressive ski areas have embraced ski biking and are expanding into new frontiers. In Colorado, more ski areas are taking notice.
So what are the best places to ski bike in Colorado?
Winter Park Resort
All of Winter Park’s slopes are now unrestricted for ski biking. Winter Park started offering ski bike programs four years ago. They have recently expanded their program to the largest of its kind in the state. Winter Park offers night-time snowcycle tours, daytime lessons, and full and half-day rentals to licensed ski bikers. It’s rental & lesson fleet includes Brenter snowbikes, K2 snowcycles, and Lenz Sport Alpine Brawlers.
Once you’ve taken a lesson, earned your license, and ready for more action, show your pass at Winter Park Resort Rentals. Depending upon your type of license you can rent either a sit-down ski bike or one of the full-suspension stand-up bikes. If you are looking for some extreme action, earn your stand-up bike license. For more information on Winter Park’s ski bike programs call them at 970.726.1554.
Until recently, Keystone had the largest ski bike program in Colorado. Once you have taken a lesson and earned your ski bike license, you have open access to Keystone’s slopes. Keystone offers lesson and rentals for ski bikes and slopecycles. The slopecycle rentals are only open to intermediate to advanced skiers and riders. Call 800-354-4386 for more information and make reservations.
Durango Mountain Resort
Durango Mountain Resort is the powerhouse of skibiking in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. They offer skibike lessons, rentals, and open access to their slopes once you have earned your skibike license. The license must be shown to board a ski lift. They sponsor ski bike festivals and invite ski bike manufacturers to have demo days at their resort.
Copper Mountain Resort
Skibobs have unrestricted open access to all of Copper’s bountiful runs. Guided tours are through Front Range Snowbikes. Hit the half pipe or cruise the groomers. Copper Mountain now BANS peg ski bikes as of the 2010-11 ski season.
Skibikes have unrestricted open access to all of laid-back A-Basin’s runs. A-Basin does not offer lessons or rentals but the entire mountain and its terrain parks are open for your riding pleasure. Warm up on runs on the front face and then get ready for some fun. You can see the skibiking in action at A-Basin at Lenz Sport’s website You can rent Brenter ski bikes through Front Range Snowbikes.
Other Colorado places that allow ski biking in various forms are:
- Snowmass – pegs and bobs have open access, ski bikes not allowed inside ski shuttle buses.
- Telluride – open access, lessons, rentals, permit required.
- Steamboat Ski Resort – open access, no terrain park or half-pipe access. Skibobs & peg skibikes permitted as of the 2012-13 ski season.
- Buttermilk – restricted access. Skibobs and pegs permitted.
- Eldora Mountain Resort – Ski bobs and peg ski bikes are permitted. Leash required on the lift.
- Vail – guided night ski bike tours. Skibobs and pegs permitted. No conversion or homemade bikes. Leash required at all times. No terrain park access.
- Breckenridge – pegs and skibobs permitted. No conversion or homemade bikes. Leash required at all times.
- Beaver Creek – pegs and skibobs permitted. No conversion or homemade bikes. Leash required at all times.
Skibiking is banned at:
Ski Granby Ranch
Monarch Mountain – adaptive permitted
Loveland Ski Area – adaptive permitted
More on information on skibikes:
An Introduction to Ski Bikes and Board Bikes
Buyer’s Guide to Ski Bikes: What’s Important?
How to Ride a Traditional “foot ski” Ski Bike
Steamboat Ski Area – personal communication
Monarch Mountain – personal communication
A-Basin – personal experience
Copper Mountain – personal knowledge & experience
Winter Park Resort – personal knowledge & experience
Loveland Ski Area – personal communication
Vail Resorts – personal communication
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