Greetings one and all,
WELCOME! to SkiBike World, an educational and inspirational resource to this marvelous sport.
The objective here is to be kind of the Encyclopedia of SkiBiking, and to provide a spectrum of information encompassing all aspects of the sport. Hopefully, you will discover some nugget of knowledge that will prove beneficial in your ski-biking journey.
My introduction to the sport was in February 2001, and my winters have never been the same! My story is one that I'm sure many people will be able to relate to. I had been skiing on and off for 30 years, and I found myself feeling kind of bored with the whole thing. I wrote the following that winter:
*A major contributing factor to this state of mind is being stuck in the “intermediate rut”, to which I am seemingly unable to remove myself without herculean effort, for which I lack sufficient motivation. Other factors include creaky knees and leg endurance that isn’t quite what it used to be. It’s hard to admit to, but I might be getting older! No, forget that, it couldn’t happen to me. But I couldn’t imagine winter without skiing, I mean, what else is there to do? So I set out to find new inspiration. First, I bought a monoski. A unique and interesting ride, but it never quite clicked for me. I never felt really comfortable on it. It’s a major balancing act having your feet hitched that close together all the time. Next came skiboards. You know, those little 90cm shorties. Great fun! Very quick and agile. Of course, not too good at speed. They’re fun on tight woods trails and jumps and playing on the halfpipe. A nice toy, but limited. Not something you would normally spend all day on. I suppose I should have tried a snowboard, but after observing the torturous struggles of beginning boarders, I wussed out on that one. Besides, it’s another major (sideways) balancing act. I think you can see a pattern emerging here, I was searching. Then I saw a newspaper article on Ski-Biking. I had to try it! So I made the journey north, along with 3 adventurous relatives, to Silver Creek in Colorado. We got through the lesson quickly, learned the basics: lift loading (easy), turns, stops. Did a couple of runs with the instructor. Got our certification card. All this in about 1½ hours, with no falls. Then we were on our own, riding with confidence, having fun. Think back on your first day skiing. Any similarities? My memories, from back in the leather boot days, are mainly horizontal, wet and cold. Long hours slaving on the bunny slope. Because of the marvelous stability and control afforded by the 3 point stance (bike-skis and foot-skis) and the low center of gravity, the learning curve is very accelerated. Every run felt