Everyone knows a one-planker is a snowboarder and a two-planker is a skier, but Sno-Go, a Salt Lake City-based ski bike manufacturer, is hoping to see more people riding the mountains on three planks.
The Sno-Go is giving riders another way to enjoy the mountains in the winter. The bike has the look of a tricycle, with short skis in place of each wheel. Following a couple years of research, design and testing, co-founders Chase Wagstaff, Obed Marrder and engineer Kevin Scheidle launched their commercial venture via Kickstarter late in 2015.
Loon Mountain Resort, Sugarloaf Mountain Resort and Sunday River Mountain Resort, all under the Boyne Resorts umbrella, are currently the only spots in New England that offer Sno-Go rentals. Jay Peak Mountain Resort had a demo day shortly before Christmas and intends to offer lessons and tours in the coming weeks.
While ski biking will not overtake skiing or snowboarding in terms of popularity anytime soon, what they do provide is a faster progression for the new user. Where it might take a new skier a few days of lessons before confidently taking on groomed intermediate runs, many Sno-Go users say that it only took a brief lesson and a couple runs on a bunny hill before being able to hit a blue square.