a little background...my name is Vince, and I've been a skier all my life.
However, as a college student, life has been busy the last couple of years,
and I haven't been up on a mountain in two years. Two weeks ago,
I was able to try the Koski Snow Bikes for the first time at Sierra at
Tahoe...in what was also
my first trip to the snow in two years. Needless to say, it was
with a little trepidation that I approached snow biking. I needn't
have worried; before the end of my first run down the mountain my fears
were allayed. "It's like riding a bike..." From
the get go, everything was amazingly simple. Even the ski lift,
which I had thought would be the most difficult aspect of the day, turned
out to be a piece of cake. The seat of the bike fits easily over
the armrest of the chairlift, and a simple arm rested on top of the seat
of the Snow Bike keeps it from tipping and falling off the lift.
Then it came to actually using the Bike...and that's when the fun began.
Less than halfway down the first run, I felt much more comfortable than
I thought I would have felt by the end of the day. The suspension
on the Snow Bikes make for a really smooth ride, and the bike itself absorbs
most of the shock; because of this, I was able to go all-out on nearly
every run, and I was never breathing hard, nor did I threaten to break
a sweat. It was simple, and I was able to give it my all run after
run...something I'm sure I would never have been able to pull off on skis.
After the first run, we turned from Beginner to Intermediate runs, and
by the third run, I was confident enough to go down
the Face of the Mountain. By the end of the day, I was actively
seeking out rises so that I could try to 'jump' the Snow Bike. It
was tremendous fun, and to make matters even better, I was not sore at
all the following day! Another benefit of the Snow Bikes was evident
in my dad's condition following the ride. My father has bad knees,
and though a mere half-day of skiing would have him laid up for days with
sore legs, the Koski Snow Bikes left him pain-free after more than a half
day of Snow Biking. They really are amazingly easy on the body.
I can't thank Jeff Butcher enough for taking us up on the Koski Snow Bikes
for the first time. My dad had such a great time he bought two of
them. I can't wait to get back on the slopes to ride the Koski Snow Bikes!
23 year old History Major at the University of California, Santa Barbara