Type II skibike rentals in Colorado are hard to find. Why? It’s a combination of cost, lesson availability, and liability insurance.
Ski resorts and businesses are not going to rent these very expensive bikes without someone taking lessons first. They are not like riding a bike and not intuitive to learn. Without a proper lesson, one can easily find themselves unable to slow down or stop.
Steamboat Ski Resort
Type II skibike rentals are available through Steamboat Skibikes. Call Josh at (970) 214-3054. Type II lessons are available through the Steamboat Ski School. Steamboat Skibikes rents Lenz Sport skibikes exclusively.
Winter Park Resort
There are eleven Type II skibikes in the Winter Park Resort rental fleet. Rentals are through West Portal Rentals. One must take a lesson through Winter Park Ski School before one can rent. The picture license never expires and is honored at most ski resorts throughout the USA. All rental bikes are Lenz Sport skibikes. Sizes come in small, medium, and large. Available models include two Alpine Brawlers and nine Launch. More information on the resort website.
Type II skibike rentals are available through Pedal the Peaks in Durango, CO. Rentals require a lesson. Lessons can be arrange through the Purgatory Ski School. Lenz Sport skibikes are available for rent or sale. One must show a skibike license before one can load on a chairlift at Purgatory.
Lenz Sport Skibikes – very limited availability
Call Devin and ask about buying a bike. Contact him through Lenz Sport Skibikes.
Rentals only- Vail Ski Resort
There are four Lenz Sport Launch skibikes available for rent in Vail through Rocky Mountain Skibikes. No lessons are available. Private lessons can be arranged through the Winter Park Private Lesson Center.
And those are your choices for renting a Type II skibike in Colorado. I’ve seen a private individual offering homebuilt bikes but be aware that most ski resorts do not permit homebuilt skibikes for a variety of reasons. Mainly, due to complex liability issues. As Type II skibikes are considered ‘foot traffic’, they can be banned from fixed grip chairlifts. Some ski resort insurance companies policy riders do not allow them to have ski bikes.
If one does rent, make sure the rental company has insurance and/or manufacturer liability insurance. It they do not have it, they may not know what they are doing. And, buy any damage insurance if offered. While the professionally manufactured bikes are built to mountain bike standards, I’ve seen broken skis, broken seats, and two destroyed front forks. And those forks alone start at $1200.00.
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