Ski Resorts that Rent Ski Bikes and Give Skibike Lessons
by G. Kunkel
(This article was originally published on Yahoo! Voices on 1/24/2011)
Ski biking and ski bikes can now be enjoyed at a number of ski resorts throughout Colorado. Ski bikers can rent or bring their own bikes for a day out on the slopes. Those wanting to rent a skibike in Colorado still have limited models and ski resorts available to choose from. For a fun safe alternative to skiing or snowboarding, here’s where to rent a ski bike in Colorado.
Winter Park Resort
Winter Park Resort in Winter Park, Colorado rents three types of ski bikes. Full day and half-day rentals are available. Brenter C4 Snowbikes and K2 Snowcycles are available for rent at Winter Park Resort Rentals in The Village. Lenz Sport Alpine Brawlers are available for rent at Winter Park Resort Rentals at West Portal. A ski bike license or proof of competency is required. Ski bike lessons are available twice daily for those age 13+.
Ski bikes are permitted on all chairlifts and ski trails. Ski bikes are not allowed in the terrain parks. Advance reservations can be made online or by calling Central Reservations at 800.979.0332. Due to safety concerns, homemade or conversion kit skibikes are not permitted at Winter Park. http://www.winterparkresort.com/plan-your-trip/lessons/ski-bikes-and-night-bikes.aspx
Steamboat Ski Resort
Steamboat Ski Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colorado has Brenter C4 Snowbikes for rent. Full day and half-day rentals are available. A ski bike license (certificate) is required and must be age 16+. Ski bike lessons are available through Ski School for ages 16+. All ski bikes types are now permitted on Steamboat’s ski slopes.
Ski bikes are permitted on all of Steamboat’s chairlifts and gondola. Ski bikes are not allowed in the terrain parks. For more information on lessons or availability, call Steamboat Central Reservations at (877) 783-2628.
Keystone Ski Resort
Keystone Ski Resort in Keystone, Colorado rents Brenter C4 Snowbikes to those ages 13+. Full day rentals are available for $25. A ski bike license is required. Skibike lessons are available during the day and at night when night skiing is available. Both ‘foot ski’ and ‘peg’ style ski bikes are permitted on Keystone’s slope during the day and at night.
Ski bikes are permitted on all of Keystone’s chairlifts and terrain including terrain parks. For lessons and reservations call the Mountain Concierge at 800-354-4386.
Summit County, Colorado
Front Range Snowbikes rents Brenter C4 Snowbikes with rental delivery available at four Colorado Front Range ski resorts – Winter Park, Copper Mountain, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin. There is no extra charge for an “On Mountain Accompaniment”. There is no age limit but they do have a limited number of kid-sized ski bikes. One day and multi-day rentals are available. A delivery fee may apply. (303) 908-7290. http://www.rentsnowbikes.com/
Summit Powder Bikes in Frisco, Colorado rents Lenz Sport skibikes. They will deliver ski bikes to your location and arrange lessons by reservation to biker-friendly Summit County ski resorts. Sales and backcountry guided tours available. (970) 368-6069. http://www.summitpowderbikes.com
Durango Mountain Resort
Durango Mountain Resort in Durango, Colorado rents Brenter C4 Snowbikes. Half-day, full day, and multi day ski bike rentals are available to those ages 12+. Ski bike certification (license) is required to board any lift. Lessons are offered twice a day seven days a week.
Snowbikes are allowed on all of DMR chairlifts and ski trails. ‘Peg’ ski bikes are only allowed on DMR quad chairlifts when not wearing foot skis. Ski bikes are permitted in all terrain parks. For lessons and information contact DMR Reservations at 970.385.2149. http://www.durangosnowbike.com/
Pedal the Peaks bikeshop in Durango rents peg skibikes. Reservations highly suggested.
Conversion kit skibikes are permitted. Homemade skibikes are not permitted at DMR.
Telluride Ski Resort
Telluride Ski Resort in Telluride Colorado rents Brenter C4 Snowbikes. Both peg ski bikes and ‘foot ski’ ski bikes are permitted on Telluride’s ski slopes. Skibike certificate (license) required to board any lift.
Vail Ski Resort in Vail, Colorado only rents Brenter C4 Snowbikes as part of its night ski biking tours from Adventure Ridge. All ski bikers are now allowed during daylight operations. For more information on Vail’s night skibiking tours, contact Reservations at 970.754.8245.
While not all Colorado ski resorts permit ski bikes or rent skibikes, more resorts are permitting them in recent years. Adaptive ski bikers are permitted at all Colorado ski resorts with a doctor’s assessment. Call the resort in advance for ski bike requirements.
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Update: 2/6/2016 Skibikes are now permitted in Winter Park Resort terrain parks. Summit Powder Bikes has ceased operating.
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