Why Brenter Snowbikes?
Jeff from Urbana learned to ride today at Breckenridge. We got it all on film. Sven Jansel, film maker from Austria was here. First Jeff rode a B6 beginner bike, I rode a C6, then half way down we switched bikes. We filmed his comments. You'll see them on a future video. After two runs on Quick Silver Lift Jeff joined his friend Mike and they left for Peak Eight. It was a typically successful morning on at Snowbike!
Today riding with friends over from Vail, both own their own C6's, we were riding at Breckenridge and suddenly discovered a new source of powder lines. Riding the trees below the T bar and over on peak 7 we realized that skiers, boarders and bikers look straight down the slope for untracked powder lines, as you do, after most of it has been tracked up. We stopped in the trees and chatted for a minute then realized that if you look just 10 or 12 degrees to the left or right of vertical you would see tons of untracked powder lines still to shred. Bingo SLAR.... Slightly Lateral Amplitude Radius... So just when you thought you were out of lines you can go SLARING until that's all gone as well of course. Get the word out!!!
Last week I found out how almost 20 years of riding a Brenter Snowbike affects the B6 Experience. No foot skis!!! Just jeans and Sorels for ski wear! Wow, so warming up on Rip's Ride at Breckenridge Peak 8 I found it's really fun to make these short but well rounded controlled turns feeling the short skis grab at every opportunity. Perfecting this feeling in my torso was exhilarating and I found myself exaggerating the body movements. Pressing, tipping, pushing out the rear ski on a full carve. Moving over to the Colorado Super Chair it was up to the Vista Haus and down Spruce which is a black diamond. Normally, riding a Brenter C6 Snowbike I would head into the treed gully just right of the chairlift at the top but with no foot skis it was no thanks!! So I used my short but well rounded completed turns for the upper section and stayed along the right edge of the slope next to but not in the trees. Finally arriving at the last steeper pitch I have to admit I bailed and put my down hill foot onto the snow. I've seen Peggers do this occasionally and now I know why. I stop turned down the pitch then started my short rounders again. What did I learn from this? When you are not wearing foot skis your world is so restricted you miss out on experiencing 50% of the available terrain at the ski resort. No tree runs, no gullies, no berms. Having said that I'm going to keep practicing. Secretly though I'm hoping some "Pegger" will come up and "advise" me of how great Skibiking is. Can't wait!!