The Head Monster 83, 170 cm which is available with a non-releasable binding system. The use of a non-release toe plate and heel block is recommended to prevent binding release when riding. If a binding is used without a toe plate and heel block, the DIN must be set to a minimum of 12. For heavier and advanced riders, a binding with a DIN of 20 is recommended along with the use of a non-release toe plate and heel block. Advanced and expert riders can select a ski geared toward their preferred terrain and snow conditions.
The Boomerang Model X Ski Bike has a custom foot plate that has the same toe and heel shape as an alpine ski boot. The foot plate is 325 mm long and clamps or "steps" into the binding in the same manner that a ski boot is placed in a binding. To release the ski bike from the binding the rider steps on the heel lever.
Initiate a turn by unweighting the inside foot ski. The inside foot ski should also be pulled in and back. Slight pressure is applied to the outside foot ski, this will begin to lean the bike and ski on edge. Then begin to turn and skid the ski sideways or perpendicular to the fall line of the hill. First-time riders typically try to pressure or stand up on both foot skis. This unweights the bike's ski and prevents the rider from getting the ski on edge. During a skidded stop lean back and weight the tail of the ski. Keeping your center of mass behind ski center prevents the bike from rotating beyond 90 degrees.
Similar to a skidded stop, unweight and pull the inside foot ski in and back and apply gentle pressure to the outside foot ski. As you lean the bike into the turn make sure you are weighting the tail of the ski. As you complete the arc of the turn, begin unweighting and pulling the downhill foot ski in and back. Pressure the uphill foot ski and lean the bike into the next turn.
The progression from skidded to carved turns begins with shifting your center of mass forward during turn initiation. A combination of footski pressure, handlebar tilt, and edge pressure on the tip of the ski will sart a carved turn.
The handlebars are fixed and do not turn or move. The fixed handlebars provide leverage to lean the bike and edge the ski. The combination of low center of mass and handle bar width allows the rider to achieve high edge angles when turning and stopping.
Prior to entering the loading area of the ski lift move to the center lane. Push to the lift load line then stand up allowing the ski bike seat to rise. Remain standing over the rear portion of the ski bike seat with both hands on the handlebars. Look back, as the chair lift bench advances underneath the ski bike, keep one hand holding the handle bar firmly and place the other hand over the back of the chair lift. When the chair lift bench is completely under the bike sit down and continue to hold the handlebar securely with one hand and keep the other arm over the back of the chair lift.
After sitting down the tail of the ski will press against the snow and you will feel a downward pull on the handle bars. Continue to hold the handle bar securely with one hand. When the chair lift moves off of the loading ramp the tail of the ski will release and the bike will tilt back. Keep your arm over the back of the chair lift and use the other arm to pull down the safety bar. If a retention strap is required by the ski area attach the leash to the safety bar.
In order for the safety bar to move down without hitting the handle bars the bike must be centered between the foot rest arms. On a 4 person chair the ideal spot is the exact center of the chairlift. On a 6 person chair the correct loading position is between the middle and outer footrest arms. When loading a 4 person chairlift only 2 other skiers should load the same chair. A 6 person chair should be limited to 4 other skiers.
When nearing the top of the lift allow extra time to remove the safety leash and raise the bar. Prior to raising the safety bar place one arm over the back of the chair lift. As the chairlift approaches the unloading ramp keep one arm over the back of the chair lift and hold the handle bar with the other hand. Keep the tips of you footskis up. After the ski has contacted the ramp hold the handle bars with both hands and ride down the ramp. Depending on the shape and height of the offload ramp the rider may need to partially stand on the footskis to release the ski bike from the chairlift.