Thursday, December 29, 2016

Is It A Snowmobile, Is It a Motocross Bike, No...It is a Snowbike!


Photo Courtesy of Visit Idaho 

It's not snowmobiling, and it's definitely not motocross. It's called snow biking. The history of snow biking begins and ends in Idaho! Over the years there were many prototypes and attempts at making the snow bike mainstream, but it was Vernal Forbes, an ex Hewlett Packard engineer whose company made it mainstream. Vernal developed the first concept in 1993 after the HP plant he worked for was shut down. He chose a severance package instead of moving out of the Boise area to a different plant. He had the first prototype ready to ride in 1998 in Napa Idaho. From that grew the company 2Moto that he started with some of his former colleagues from HP. 

To put it simply you take a regular motocross bike, put on a snow mobile track, a front ski instead of a wheel, and...you've got a snow bike. In this video pro freestyle motocross rider Ronnie Renner decided to test out the bike in some fresh Idaho powder. Based on how excited the riders sound, this could be the next big thing! Here is a link to the video on YouTube: Ronnie Renner Snow Biking



Want to find somewhere to ride? Here are six of the best places to snowmobile in Idaho where you could also find some great snow biking opportunities. Or...you could just find your own Idaho snow bike nirvana! 

1. Burgdorf Hot Springs
2. Bear Lake Valley
3. Island Park
4. Lolo Pass
5. Schweitzer Mountain
6. Smiley Creek to Redfish Lake

There are a wide variety of outfitters ready to guide you and your family through Idaho. You can check out the Idaho Outfitters & Guides Association or the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board to find the right outfitter for your trip.


"Discover Idaho Lodging One Gem At A Time..." to find lodging ideas, click on the map below to plan your next visit!



Author: Jamie Lynn Morgan, Online Brand Marketer & Bicycle Adventurer: Encouraging others to Be Car(e) Free via my biking experiences. Cheers & Ride On! #idahobikelife


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