Signed in as:
Signed in as:
ASA Database Mgr, Website Mgr
Co-owner/Research & Development Koski SnowSports
Ski Area Outreach Director
Owner/Operator Utah Ski Bike
Owner/Manufacturer of SkiByk SkiBikes
Owner/Manufacturer of LenzSport Skibikes
Owner of BuildASkiBike & SnowFunBikes
Chairman & Secretary
Patrick has been SkiBiking since 2006. He is currently promoting SkiBikes along the west coast, when he is not working as a Senior Manager for Capital Program Management, a company modernizing California Schools. He has been involved with the ASA helping with our resort outreach and public relations with ski resorts nationwide. He is involved with furthering our adaptive program efforts.
He has the distinction of being trained by the International Skibob academy as an Instructor. He has National and International experience in Slalom, Giant Slalom, and Super G. Patrick was honored to be a competitor in Austria’s Skibob World Cup representing the USA and is hoping to help the ASA revive our racing program here in the states.
ASA Database and Website Manager
Co-owner/Research & Development of Koski SnowSports
Homewood in Tahoe rented Brenter Snowbikes. The bikes were black and silver, no shocks, plastic boot skis with steel claws in the back of the skis to help slow you down. A few years later Homewood decided to sell off their fleet of Brenter Snowbikes. I ended up buying 2 for around $200. Skibiking really hadn't taken off yet. It was rare I ran across other skibikers. Years later Homewood decided not to allow the bikes there anymore. I was crushed! No place in California would allow me to ride. I had to revert to getting a lift from a friend on a snowmobile to get me up the mountain or just take short 100 yard rides near the cabin in Tahoe.
It was around 1997, Sierra-at-Tahoe had advertised on RSN network they rented Vertex Skibikes and allowed people to bring their own. YES! I was so excited! I called Sierra-at-Tahoe and they got me in touch with Don Koski of Koski SnowSports. I met Don that year at Boreal where I was first introduced to the Koski Montrac Skibike. Turns out back in 1971 Don Koski rode at Homewood Ski Resort during the weekdays and I rode during the weekends, so we never crossed paths. Don and I became friends and have shared the same passion for the sport ever since. The Koski Monotrac had amazing suspension and rides like a dream. A very comfortable ride. I have been riding a Koski Skibike ever since.
It seems there are two groups of riders. Riders who wear foot skis and riders who use only foot pegs. I ride using Sleddog boots (a ski boot with a built-in ski on the bottom now known as ODR) from Norway that the Boreal Mountain Manager turned me on to the year I met Don Koski. The marriage of Sleddog boots and a Koski Skibike was perfect for me! It's the way I ride. You can always put on some footskis and carve it up or do powder. Or just ride the pegs and get some air, powder or speed. It's a very versatile skibike. I ride as often as possible and I am dedicated to promoting the sport of skibikes anyway I can. I’ve attended a few Skibike Festivals at Purgatory in Colorado and HooDoo Mountain in Oregon taking home a few medals and trophies and making a lot of friends. I’m very happy that most ski resorts here in California allow Skibikers. The sport of Skibiking is getting more and more popular every year!
I would love to see Skibikes at the Winter X Games. It would be awesome to watch a skibike cross! I know the spectators would think so too! I sometimes ride with Don Koski’s crew of younger more fearless aerial crazies. Koski’s bikes are designed for the Moto style riders. These guys do superman's, etc… They are awesome to watch! I prefer groomed runs, sloping hills, half pipes, trails, and some terrain parks.
Skibiking is an awesome sport! Trust me, you'll love it! If you like biking, motocross, Harley's or any style of bike riding you will love this! The feeling is one you have to experience for yourself. Try it! You’ll like it! I mostly ride at Sierra-at-Tahoe in California.
Looking sooooo forward to this season of Skibiking!
Have a Great Ride.
Old personal website with various links you might find interesting Snowbiker.net
Ski Area Outreach Director
Owner/Operator Utah Ski Bikes
Jim Cameron has been in the Snowsports business for over 30 years. He brings to the ASA his experience working with ski resorts, winter sports retailers and consumers. He has been working in product and sales management guiding brands such as Fischer & Head Skis, Tyrolia Bindings, and Toko Wax. Jim was introduced to SkiBiking in high school in the Midwest, but became passionate about the sport’s potential several years ago. He operates a skibike rental operation called Ski Bike USA out of Park City, Utah while his primary job is the Import / Export Manager for Wintersteiger North America.
Since joining the ASA Board Jim has been involved organizing events and helping draft new guidelines and recommendations to help ski areas accept our programs at their resorts. “Ski Biking is a game changer at ski resorts for us Baby Boomers. Exciting times are ahead as this sport grows and the secret gets out to anybody who enjoys a mountain lifestyle. I remember when their was another colorful debate with this other crazy new sport...snowboarding."
Owner/Manufacturer of Skibyk SkiBikes
As a long-time winter sports enthusiast Chris Schuler has a keen understanding of snow sports equipment developed through years of Skiing, Snowboarding and SkiBiking. Skiing since he was 12 and Snowboarding since 1984, Chris has ridden through the changes that both industries have seen. Chris started his winter career as an 18 year old kid fresh out of Hawaii…moving to a Ski Area in Washington State. He worked his way up to management, eventually opened the first Snowboarding only Rental Shop in 1987.
Working closely with his local Ski Area, Snowboard Shops and Manufacturers, Chris helped to develop the Northwest Snowboarding Series, which produced many of the world’s top snowboarding riders through the early ‘90’s. As an active Hardbooter in the world of Snowboarding Chris was focused on snowboards that could truly carve and continues to ride hardboots today. In 2009 Chris was introduced to a SkiBob at Steamboat, Colorado…this experience led him to purchase his first SkiBike in the spring of 2010 a Geary SkiBike. Over the next 5 winters Chris rode his Geary, making changes to the SkiBike that would help make this bike become more of a carver. In the fall of 2016, Chris was introduced to a newly designed SkiBike and his eventual business partner at SKIBYK USA Alfie Fernandez. As the CEO of SKIBYK, LLC Chris’s understanding of turn dynamics and his focus on building a SkiByk from the snow up and not the frame down combined with Alfie’s knowledge of frame geometry and design capabilities culminated in the SB100 All-Mountain SkiByk, through prototyping, on the hill testing and constant feedback we at SkiByk are confident that we have produced a SkiBike for the masses. The SB100 is lightweight, yet durable…nimble, yet solid underfoot…rippy, yet carves like a Ginzu knife…the perfect ride. The SB100 All-Mountain.
I am very excited to be on the board of the American Ski Bike Association and look forward to working with a group of fellow devotees to help promote awareness and acceptance of SkiBiking.
Owner/Manufacturer of LenzSport Skibikes
My first real interest into bikes was in the early 70s when I took my broken down banana seat 20" bike and striped it down and built it into a MX style bike. Then converted it into a BMX style bike that later got stolen. At that point I built another bike and rode, and BMX raced up until high school. During high school I became interested in shop class and the art of designing and building cool things to ride or drive and I took metals classes and vocational welding classes all through high school.
Once out of high school I began to acquire tools and machinery to fabricate with metals and got into drag racing with my dad and built several drag race cars and raced for about 10 years. At the same time I got into ski racing and moved up to qualify for my first FIS race which I didn't get to race because I blew out my knee before the race and wound up quitting after 4 years of racing.
I built my first MTB frame in 1989, and then my first full suspension bike in 1996. In 1997, I began selling my first full suspension XC mountain bikes under the name Lenz Sport. From then I moved toward long travel DH style bikes and sponsored a race team and traveled to many of the national NORBA races promoting my brand.
In 2004, I changed my focus from the gravity-type bikes and 26" XC bikes and made my first full suspension 29er bike The Leviathan. That was an untapped niche area which I was able to develop many sorts of the new big wheel format bikes and lead the way in designs and technology for 29" mountain bikes. In 2004, Matt Hansen contacted me about one of my DH bike models being a good design to work with his skibike conversion kits. He got me interested in skibikes and I traded him an old frame for 2 kits. I built up 2 bikes with my Alpine Brawler mountain bike frames I had hanging around. I took my apprentice at the time, Masa Hiromoto from Japan, to Copper Mountain and there we tried to skibike for the very first time. Not having anyone to show us how to ride we made our way down the hill any which way we could to keep in control though there was almost constantly thrills and being scared to death as we didn't have the knowledge we have today about bike control, skidding turns, and making hockey stops. From that first day I was hooked on skibiking and wanted to push it to the level of riding and terrain that I was accustom to with ordinary skiing. Matt assured me over the phone in our many calls about skibiking that he knew guys that were riding all the bumps and steep stuff that alpine skiers were hitting, so I went out to try and master that stuff myself. So first chance I had to try a steeper run with deep powder I learned that there were some limitations to the conversion kits related to how much control they had to the pivoting of the skis and also ski design for powder. It was at that point that I worked on a system to control the ski pivoting so I could have the control I needed to skibike the more advanced terrain. A few years later I was running out of my mountain bike frames to make into skibikes so I built my first prototype skibike. That was not a good design at all and I took what I learned and built the Brawler Skibike which was revolutionary to performance skibike designs and riding. Looking to make a bike that wasn't so difficult to make, I designed the Launch which is more like a bicycle-style bike without the moto seat. I wasn't expecting it to be as good of a handling bike as the Brawler, but it turned out to be a better handling bike and quicker handling bike as well.
After about 4 years of developing and tooling up for our own ski manufacturing, spring of 2012 we were able to test some of the first skis we made. Ever since we started into skibiking we have relied on what the ski/board industry was making to run on our skibikes. We could not find a ski with the proper shape or size to work just the way we needed, though testing dozens and dozens of skis I had a very good idea of what we needed to make these skibikes be able to go to the next level. Our first skis pressed are just a basic all-mountain with the main aspects I wanted designed in and you can ask anyone who has ridden them they are hugely an improvement to the sport. We'll be making speed specific skis and all sorts of powder boards as well to test and sell this year to finally round out all the main aspects to make our product as good as it can be and ready for prime time.
Another link to what I have been able to contribute the development of our sport of skibiking along with the manufacturing capabilities in the MTB industry is my background as a skier. I have been a ski racer and in 2002, I hired on as a part-time instructor at Vail Ski Resort. I had the opportunity to go through their training program and learn the methods of one of the premier ski school programs in the world. That along with certifying as a ski instructor through PSIA enabled me to develop a teaching method using the same principals for snow sliding and controlling speed and teaching bike handling skills. I have now been working with Winter Park Resort to develop their skibike instruction program and instructing clients and instructors since 2007.
Now as a director of the ASA, I will be working to advance our sport in the area of teaching / training programs, race and event organizing, and resort rental program growth and education about skibikes.
Treasurer - Social Media
I grew up in the coastal plains of North Carolina and did not learn to ski until adulthood, and though I loved being on the slopes, I was always awkward and slow on downhill skis.
A knee injury in college, and subsequent surgeries, also presented issues with pain and limited mobility. One fine sunny day in 2013 at Purgatory Resort in Durango, Colorado I noticed these cheerful yellow “banana-bike-looking” skibikes. I immediately thought…”I think I can do that!” and signed up for a lesson.
It was that day that I discovered the great joy and delight of skibiking. I found the sport easy to learn and gentle on my injured knee. My troublesome knee led me to a total knee replacement in the summer of 2016 and I was happy to be skibiking that very next season. The sport also allows me to keep up with my husband and son who are excellent skiers/snowboarders.
Although I ride a basic skibike, and I don’t (intentionally) get fancy with jumps and other air born maneuvers, I am in love with the sport! As all skibikers know, we are frequently asked about our bikes. I’m an enthusiastic advocate for skibiking and eagerly share my knowledge of the sport and encourage the curious to try it. I also enjoy teaching and hope to be a skibike instructor one day.
I’m delighted to serve as an ASA skibike representative. If you see a middle-aged woman coming down the mountain loudly laughing, and hooting and hollering…That would be me! Please stop and say hi.
Being an avid skier was large part of Kris’s life for many years, due to some injuries he was forced to try different things during the winter months. He first started traveling to warm places and tearing up some trails on ATVs and dirt bikes. That became a little expensive, so he decided to wait until summer months for those motorsports. He went from snowmobiling to riding a Timbersled, but nothing caught his eye quite like a ski bob. A recent knee replacement made him think he would never be able to enjoy the slopes again. Ski bobbing changed his life, riding now for about 4 years. Kris is now the proud owner of the ski bob companies Snow Fun Bikes and BuildASkiBike.com which includes being the North American distributor of Stalmach Skibobs. In addition he is the owner of Slalom Customs and works in the P&C insurance industry.
Owner/Manufacturer of Koski SnowSports
I saw my first Skibob in 1961 on the slopes of Mt. Rose Ski Resort in Nevada at the tender age of 6. Little did I know how much this would later influence my involvement in the development of three cutting edge sports industries; Skibikes, BMX, and Mountain Bikes. In 1970 my family, during the height of the gasoline shortage, decided to open a bicycle shop because bicycle sales were going through the roof. I took extra machine shop classes at Tamalpais High School and by the time we opened the bike shop I was a proficient fabricator. The Cove Bike Shop came to be known as the first mountain bike shop in the world. We gained worldwide attention as the technical and innovative leaders in the mountain bike industry. From Japan, industry leaders, Shimano and Suntour, came to our shop for insight and advice. See page 15... Popular Science vol#247 October of 2000
I saw a Brenter skibob from Austria at Homewood Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe, California later that year and decided to fabricate my own. Making use of my motorcycle / Moto-X knowledge I knew it had to have suspension and foot pegs. I quickly realized rear suspension was not enough and built six more prototypes with front and rear suspension pushing the boundaries of available technology. The seventh prototype used a Montesa MX fork leg with a linkage system I designed and the back was a Fox Shox cutting edge motorcycle rear long travel air shock. Giving incredible performance, this bike proved to be the future of modern day skibiking. My first production run of Skibikes was in 1998 ( 50 skibikes ). Rigorous ongoing research and development and business partnership with Jeff Butcher led to the production of the current FM series ( FM-1, FM-2, FM-3 ) pictured above. In 2001, Koski SnowSports had the first and only USA factory team at the Durango Skibike Festival. Koski team riders wowed the industry with their dynamic style of riding. These riders pushed the limits for all others to see.
Before mountain bikes were called mountain bikes, in 1976 we went into business with Harley Davidson racer and “On Any Sunday” star Mert Lawwill to develop and market the Pro-Cruiser, (the first) large production run (600+ units) of a special built off road cruiser. We needed a purpose built fork for our new frame so I designed one and sent the blueprints to Gary and Craig Cook ( Cook Bros. Racing ) a BMX manufacturer in Los Angeles to build the fork to my specs. This collaboration with the Cook Bros. opened the door for other BMX manufacturers in Los Angeles that we dealt with to develop their own line of cruisers (SE Racing, Mongoose, Laguna, West Coast Cycle).
Innovations I brought to the mountain bike industry;
1) Aluminum rims
2) Aluminum handlebars
3) Aluminum brake levers
4) First custom built frame with a large production
5) First custom built fork
Innovations I developed for the Skibike industry;
1) Long travel front and rear suspension
2) Foot pegs
3) Moto-X seats
4) Aluminum frames
5) Aluminum components
6) Moto-X style riding technique
Adaptive Representative American SkiBike Association
Adaptive SkiBike Instructor
Jim Weiland is a below the knee amputee. As a volunteer adaptive SkiBike instructor, Jim has assisted at various ski school adaptive programs throughout Arizona.
Jim has led instructional SkiBike clinics for adaptive ski instructors at:
Arizona Snow Bowl in Flagstaff, AZ
Sunrise Ski Park in Greer, AZ
Arizona Disabled Sports Foundation- Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center
Monte Hand has spent most of his life behind bars, in some form or another. He started racing BMX bikes at age 9 and continued on with that passion until he was old enough to legally drive a car. He also started riding dirt bikes at this point. Continuing on with his love of bikes and competition, he started racing mountain bikes at age 30, as well as dabbling in the triathlon races. In his 40’s, he started riding and racing motocross with the Sierra Old Timers and Over-The-Hill-Gang veteran racing clubs.
Monte’s passion for snowboarding started in 1985, when Boreal ski resort was requiring riders to get certified in order to use their lifts and ride their mountain. In 1991, he placed 6th in the California State Snowboard Series and went on to compete in the amateur nationals at the Timberline ski resort. In 1992, he spent a season as a snowboard instructor at Boreal ski resort. He even drew up plans for a full-suspension ski bike “snow scooter” in 1996.
As with many other “aging” weekend warriors, Monte had to seek out a new winter sport that was easier on the body, but yet keep him on the mountain. After hounding Jeff Butcher for demo ride for a couple of seasons, he finally got a chance to demo a ski bike during the 2017/2018 season and the rest is history. He has collaborated with friends on the design and fabrication of accessories for ski bikes. Monte works as a systems analyst with the State of California supporting an integrated financial management system.
A little about me, I grew up in Colorado and started riding bikes when I was very young. I also was riding motorcycles at a young age. I took up mountain biking in the early 90's and raced at a few national cross country races. I was part of a team that raced the 24 hours of Moab for 8 years straight.
I rode my first ski bike in 2006 which was a conversion kit with really skinny ski's. I rode a few times a year until I got my first ski bike in 2012. I have been hooked on this sport ever since. I like riding steeps, trees and moguls the most with an occasional jump or drop. I enjoy taking new people up on the ski bike and teaching them about this great sport and how to ride.
I first skied at the age of 50. Throughout my skiing days I was in pain from old injuries . Then I discovered ski biking which changed my world. Now I am pain free on the mountain. I started building my own ski bikes and volunteer for Adaptive Sports Association at Purgatory Ski Resort fixing their equipment. This includes custom machining and welding or whatever requests they have. Really love promoting the sport!
Leif Larson has been in the snowboarding industry for 30 years from semi pro snowboarder, to grooming and helping to build the terrain park for Mt. Bachelor in the late 90's early 2000's. His passion for gravity and frozen liquid have brought him enthusiastically to skibiking. After his first experience riding an early model skibike at Sierra ski resort nearly 17 years ago it never left his mind, and the seed was planted. In 2018 after the purchase of a Skibyk, he joined the ASA and shortly after, became one of our Western regional reps, helping to grow the industry and gain access to more resorts. In the summer months he fights fire as a wildland fire engine captain and outdoor wilderness school instructor for boys, focusing on mindfulness, leadership and self empowerment on the Lost Coast of California.
Kierra Keller has been SkiBiking since 2020 and loves All-Mountain Terrain & Freestyle Riding. She loves to help others learn all types of Snowsport activities. With a degree in Ski Business Resort Management, this ASA Rep focuses on promoting SkiBiking while sustaining and growing the Snow Sports Industry.
Off the mountain, this young mother (of 6yr old- Sofia) practices Business Coaching and Development as well as Real Estate in the Tahoe Area. She loves to ride everyday, and you can find her at ANY of the Tahoe Resorts. With a love for videography, Kierra shoots as much as possible when riding with other SkiBikers. To ride with her, reach out via Instagram @tahoesnow_princess or Tiktok @tahoeskibyk.
I grew up in the SF Bay Area and I was a casual skier since my teens making the 2 plus hour drive to Kirkwood, Bear Valley, Sierra a couple of times each year. I was also an avid rider of all things wheeled including BMX, mountain bikes, and motorcycles throughout my life. Ironically it was a mountain bike crash at work that ended my skiing hobby as well as my 29 year law enforcement career when I tore all the ligaments in my left knee.I never regained my knee stability after surgery and thought my days on the mountain were numbered until I saw ski bikes on YouTube. I immediately recognized the ski bike as a way to get back to sliding downhill and chasing my snowboarder son on the mountain.
In 2020 my wife and I left the suburbs of Sacramento, CA and bought our dream home in southeast Vermont. Within days of moving in the UPS man arrived with my SB200. I’m still learning and can’t quite keep up with my son but I’m close. Aside from ski biking I enjoy family activities, home improvement, and helping raise our two daughters who have Down syndrome. Follow me on IG @cocobeasdad follow along on various dad adventures.
I've been riding since 2002
I learned to ride at Purgatory Resort
Member of Purgatory Ski School as SkiBike Instructor - 2008-2020
12 years teaching experience
Brenter Snowbike Instructor Level I and Level II
Durango Snowbike,LLC - Owner
Has competed Nationally and Internationally at skibike race competitions
NASTAR National Championships—2015,16,17,21
FISB—International Skibob Federation World Championship—2010
Skibike Philosophy “ The sport has something to offer everyone. Skibiking is easy to learn, fun to ride, inclusive and retentive.”
Born and raised in New Mexico, Eugene discovered skibiking in his mid 40s, bought a Koski Monotrac and attended the first Skibike Festival at Durango Mountain "Purgatory". He spent many seasons working with Randy Kimball to do Demos and teach others how to skibike. Over the years as the equipment evolved, Eugene converted several mountain bikes with the X-Bike kit and currently rides a Lensport Launch he fondly calls "Betty". Eugene now spends most of his ski seasons riding at Sipapu and Angle Fire in New Mexico.