What is a SkiBike?
Ski Bikes are bicycle like devices engineered with skis instead of wheels to use the force of gravity to descend the slopes.
How do they stop?
Just like skiing or snowboarding; by using pressuring and edging to control the ski boards and skidding the skis across the hill or turning slightly uphill to stop.
Is it difficult to learn?
Due to their stable design, the learning curve is faster than skiing or snowboarding. Generally, within a few runs, you will master the basics and be progressing and enjoying your ride in no time. Able and disabled riders alike enjoy SkiBikes. Adaptive programs for skiers with disabilities have used SkiBikes for decades. Many resorts now offer SkiBike lessons - ask your local resort’s Ski School, or contact the ASA for info.
Is it strenuous?
It is a much more balanced workout than skiing or snowboarding. You have the ability to sit or stand depending on the bike style and there is much less stress on your legs, knees, and back. The fatigue factor is considerably less.
How do SkiBikes ride the chairlift?
It is easier than you think! SkiBikes are not as heavy as a mountain bike. Depending on the style of bike, you carry the bike on the chairlift with you. Manufacturers have specific recommendations, but with most, you simply rest it either on your lap or at your side. You get in the lift line as normal and approach and exit the chair on foot or with footskis as you would skiing. Always check with the ski area and manufacturer for their specific loading guidelines.
The original look and design from the European originators of the sport. Also known in the 60s and 70s as a Skibob, this type of SkiBike has a low center of gravity and is designed to be ridden sitting down. It is generally used with footskis for additional balance & edging.
Freestyle SkiBikes are a newer style that has emerged from the North American market that resemble Mountain Bikes. They are most often ridden without footskis, with a downhill Mountain Bike inspired riding technique. Like Mountain Bikes, Freestyle bikes can be ridden either standing up or sitting down and have footpegs or foot rests. Many models have fully adjustable front and rear suspensions.
3-Ski SkiBikes are a trike design that have recently emerged in popularity. They use three skis in their design. One ski is forward connected to the steering handlebars while the rider stands on the rear two skis. They are ridden standing up and usually have front suspension.