Friday, January 13, 2017

The new Winter Park Resort skibike video is out

by G. Kunkel

And it tells the overall focus of the Ski + Ride School skibike instructors.  We welcome everyone.

Now is the time to stop with the painful skiing.  Skip the falling in beginner lessons.

 


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Monday, January 9, 2017

Free Demo Day on January 22, 2017

by G. Kunkel

There will be complimentary skibike lessons at Winter Park Resort on Sunday January 22, 2017 courtesy of Lenz Sport Skibikes and the Winter Park Ski + Ride School.

This gives people the opportunity to qualify for a skibike license which one needs to rent a bike at the resort.  One needs to know how to load/unload from the chairlift, perform a skidded traverse, perform a skidded turn, and do a hockey stop to earn their free license.

Minimum age is 14+ for participants.  One will need a valid lift ticket.  Guardians will need to sign the liability release form for minors.


The lessons will last 1.5 hours and the demo's will run from 9am to 4pm.  Space available on first-come basis.

New skibike license holders can rent a bike for the rest of the day or come another day.

The license does not expire at the end of the season.  Hold onto it for future seasons.  If one loses it, go to guest services and have another printed out.  It is a picture license.  Only the person on the picture can rent a bike.

More information can be found here.

 Enjoyed your free lesson?  Tips are appreciated.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Winter Park Resort Ski Train returns as the Winter Park Express

by G. Kunkel

The original Winter Park Ski Train ran for most of 69 years.  It stopped in 2009.  I was fortunate enough to work on it a few times selling lessons for Ski + Ride School on the trip up.



I was gutted the day they said the train was sold.   It was a Denver tradition for many years.



After a false start and insurance squabbles, the Ski Train is reborn in 2017 as the Winter Park Express.  The new train is run in partnership with Amtrak, Centurylink, and Winter Park Resort.   The new 1.5 million dollar heated train platform was funded by a partnership of organizations.

The new train departs from Union Station which was refurbished several years ago as a transportation hub.  A new rail line connects DIA directly to the station allowing airplane passengers to take a rail to rail connection to the ski area.

The Winter Park Express leaves Union Station in Denver at 7 a.m. and arrives at the base of the ski area around 9 a.m.  It can carry up to 500 people per trip.  It runs one trip per day on the weekends from January to March.  The California Zephyr runs the same route everyday but departs later and drops passengers off in nearby Fraser.

Here's a view of the new platform that I took on Thursday 1-6-2017 from the third floor of the Ski School Building.  As one can see, the view is blocked by the safety barrier and the resort got nearly three feet of snow.



A travel guide covered the first trip.  If one is curious about the process and the resort, the video gives a good overview.




There's plenty of room in the baggage car for skibikes.  One might want to bring some padding if you don't want the bike banged up.  One can also rent a skibike at the ski area if one has a Type II skibike license.   West Portal Rentals is located on the ground floor of the black building attached to the blue building where the train stops.

The cost of the train one-way starts at $39 which is less expensive than the local airport shuttle.  Holiday dates are more expensive.

The train runs in bad weather, by-passes Berthoud Pass closures,  misses the hideous Interstate 70 traffic, and provides a scenic way to see the Colorado mountains.

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Colorado skibike season

by G. Kunkel

 After a very warm and very disappointing November,  December in Colorado shaped up nicely.

The past three weeks saw the ski slopes go from almost bare dirt to spectacular conditions across the state.  New terrain is opening weekly at most resorts.

At Winter Park Resort, most of the mountain is open.  Conditions are more firm in spots than others.  It is still early season after all.  We've had a few wind storms which make it difficult to retain snow at the higher elevations.  That said, ski patrol was blasting The Cirque on Tuesday.

There are still only three ski resorts offering Type II skibike lessons and rentals in Colorado.   Winter Park Resort, Steamboat Ski Resort, and Purgatory.  There are four rental bikes available in Vail.

My teaching schedule is now set for Winter Park Resort.  If you'd like your lesson from the most experienced coach at the resort,  my dates are:
  • January - 2, 3, 5, 14, 15, 26, 27
  • February - 4, 5, 16, 19, 20
  • March - 4, 5, 15, 16
  • April - 5, 6
  • I may be available for private lessons at Winter Park and other Colorado resorts.  Private lessons do not include bike rentals.  These would be arranged through the WP Private Lesson Center.
All Winter Park Resort skibike instructors this season are summer downhill mountain bike coaches with the exception of myself.   Trevor is the new skibike foreman who maintains the bikes and performs staff training.

This season the skibike program is trying to demonstrate that Type II skibiking is for everyone.  Able-bodied, adaptive, the young, and the young at heart.  It really is easier to learn than skiing or snowboarding.  And the bike can be pain-free.

Winter Park Resort is putting more advertising into the program this season and offering incentives to the general public.  If you see someone out on the hill on one of the Lenz Sport skibikes, stop them and see if they have a lesson discount coupon with them.

See you out on the slopes this season.


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