Skibob – practical examples

We start on the skibob, i.e. step by step

1. Familiarisation with mini skis
He/she who has no experience with skiing, he/she starts with bases of mini skis riding, i.e. slow downhill riding, curves, slip braking, ride on the ski tow and standing stability.  This all without the skibob. This is very simple and funny stage. The ride on mini skis is very similar to skating. 

Those who have basic skiing skills can start right with the skibob. Attention! Always start with the skibob at the slight slope!

2. Going up the slope
There are no limitations on the slope; you can use any ski tow, bench or gondola. 
– On the ski tow be standing on the mini skis and keep the skibob between your knees, leant on your thighs 

– On the bench keep the skibob put on the barrier or your knees – thus you occupy more than one place provided the traffic is not too busy. If more skiers go up, sit only on the edge seats with your skibob. Always keep the skibob with one hand at least to avoid its fall down from the bench tow!

3. Basic sitting position on the skibob
Sit comfortably on the skibob, seize the handles (like on the bicycle) and straddle away your legs. (In the curves, the inside leg serves as the support. If you leg is too near to the skibob or really on the skibob, it cannot provide the necessary support in curving). This is very frequent fault of beginners; think on it during your ride. 

4. Curving
The same like in bicycling just use the handle bars and turn your head in the curing direction. It is very natural and simple. The skibob is obedient and goes where you turn the handle bars.

5. Breaking
For breaking, we use edges of the whole skibob (slip breaking) and at the same time we help with mini skis. We can also break in the snowplough style or with mini skis rear end. In no case lift the handle bars. It is necessary to be always leant on the handle bars. If you lift up the handle bars, the frontal ski can loose the touch with the slope and there is the risk of skibob side crash and fall.

6. Carving ride
Go down the hill in slow curves. The riding speed in carving bows depends only on your skills and certainty. At the tilting into the curve, the rider body axe shall be in the skibob axe (the rider shall not tilt more or less than the skibob. When looking from the frontal view, the rider as well as the skibob shall be in one axe).

7. Drifting
On the steeper slopes where the carving ride cannot be used (the skibob speeds up too much, or there is not enough of space on the slope) we go down by drifting (slipping).    

8. Change of the gravity centre
This factor considerably influences the skibob manoeuvrability. The seat has some recess to suit the rider during the whole period of skibob riding.  The recess is intentionally only minor so that the rider can move back or towards during the ride and thus change the gravity centre and adapt the riding style to the actual needs. For example: if you move towards – your weight moves towards and the skibob is more willing to turn (slalom, quick drifting, difficult slope sections).  Moving the gravity centre back is used for the rapid downhill riding.  

9. Transport of the skibob
In the car, in the roof box or behind the driver’s seat. Assembled or disassembled. It depends only on you. The assembly after the total disassembly takes only 10 minutes (frame, seat, absorber and handle bars). But is it not always necessary. We recommend tilting the handle bars (to release two screws) – it takes only 30 seconds.  

Get experience and be regardful on the skibob  

Based on our experience, the skibob riding is very intuitive. That is why most of beginners is able to down the hill after 2 up 4 hours of training, this all in the speed and style of average skiers and snowboarders. At the beginning, please forget the black slope and get the certainty and skills before.  
Please, be reasonable and regardful on the skibob. Think of your safety and of the safety of those around you. The majority of you weight is on the skibob, thus your legs are under the minimum load, and in case of any crash the risk of injury is less than in case of skiers or snowboarders. You surely do not intend to injure or endanger anybody. This won’t happen if you use your common sense and observe the rules for slope traffic.