The Snow Report
WHAT IT IS: Like a bicycle, with suspension fore and aft and two short skis mounted where wheels should be. But also unlike a bicycle in that riders don't put their feet on pedals; ‘bobbers put extremely short skis on to help them turn. So it’s like snowblading, too.
FIRST APPEARED: 1892. American J. C. Stevens patented the first Ice Velocipede, hoping to garner fame and fortune. Some evidence suggests that earlier versions of a ski bike appeared in the Alps in the 1850s though they were never marketed.
15 MINUTES OF FAME: 1965. The British Invasion of the ‘60s brought a lot of things to America—one of them may have been a renewed appreciation for the skibob. The Beatles, in their 1965 film Help!, schussed Austrian groomers on skibobs. No wonder they had a "Lonely Hearts Club Band"—after skibobbing no one would hang out with them anymore.
WHO RIDES: People with bad knees. Advocates say it’s easier on them. Critics might point out that it seems perilous for your crotch, but skibobbing is alive and well world-wide. There is a Skibob World Cup, and many models of skibob are available, from simple recreational models to models custom-made for extreme ‘bobbing. Don’t ever let your friends hear you say on a powder day, “Bro, I don’t know—should I take the ‘bob or the fat boards?” It’s a one-way ticket to the Lonely Hearts Club.
RELATION TO SKIING/SNOWBOARDING: Drunk uncle.