American SkiBike Association
- Official American SkiBike Association Representative
Jeff Butcher Bio
I ran across Skibikes at Homewood Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe in 1971. I rented one, had the time of my life and never looked back! What a rush! It's so much fun! I had found my new Passion!
Back in 1971, Homewood in Tahoe rented Brenter Snowbikes. The bikes were black and silver, no shocks, plastic boot skis with steel claws in the back of the skis to help slow you down. A few years later Homewood decided to sell off their fleet of Brenter Snowbikes. I ended up buying 2 for around $200. Skibiking really hadn't taken off yet. It was rare I ran across other skibikers. Years later Homewood decided not to allow the bikes there anymore. I was crushed! No place in California would allow me to ride. I had to revert to getting a lift from a friend on a snowmobile to get me up the mountain or just take short 100 yard rides near the cabin in Tahoe.
It was around 1997, Sierra-at-Tahoe had advertised on RSN network they rented Vertex Skibikes and allowed people to bring their own. YES! I was so excited! I called Sierra-at-Tahoe and they got me in touch with Don Koski of Koski Snowsports. I met Don that year at Boreal where I was first introduced to the Koski Montrac Skibike. Turns out back in 1971 Don Koski rode at Homewood Ski Resort during the weekdays and I rode during the weekends, so we never crossed paths. Don and I became friends and have shared the same passion for the sport ever since.
The Koski Monotrac had amazing suspension and rides like a dream. A very comfortable ride. I have been riding a Koski Skibike ever since.
It seems there are two groups of riders. Riders who wear foot skis and riders who use only foot pegs. I ride using Sleddog boots (a ski boot with a built-in ski on the bottom) from Norway that the Boreal Mountain Manager turned me on to the year I met Don Koski. The marriage of Sleddog boots and a Koski Skibike was perfect for me! It's the way I ride. You can always put on some footskis and carve it up or do powder. Or just ride the pegs and get some air, powder or speed. It's a very versatile skibike.
I ride as often as possible and I am dedicated to promoting the sport of skibikes anyway I can. I’ve attended a few Skibike Festivals at Durango in Colorado and HooDoo Mountain in Oregon taking home a few medals and trophies and making a lot of friends.
I’m very happy that most ski resorts here in California allow Skibikers. The sport of Skibiking is getting more and more popular every year.
I would love to see Skibikes at the Winter X Games. It would be awesome to watch a skibike cross! I know the spectators would think so too! I sometimes ride with Don Koski’s crew of younger more fearless aerial crazies. Koski’s bikes are designed for the peg riders. These guys do superman's, etc… They are awesome to watch!
I prefer groomed runs, sloping hills, half pipes, trails, and some terrain parks. Skibiking is an awesome sport! Trust me, you'll love it! If you like biking, motocross, Harley's or any style of bike riding you will love this! The feeling is one you have to experience for yourself. Try it! You’ll like it!
I mostly ride at Sierra-at-Tahoe in California.
Looking sooooo forward to this season of Skibiking!
Have a Great Ride,