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Fat Bike Skis fundamentally change the way your bike performs in the snow. Our patented design eliminates the washouts and endos caused by your front wheel in snow, allowing you to maintain power and control in all snow conditions.  

Trip Reports

Catch up with our adventures on the snow.

Fat Bike Skis to Premier in 2016 Warren Miller Film: Here, There, & Everywhere

Dan Kirk

Photo by Aaron Johnson

It's not very difficult to attract attention while riding a Fat Bike Ski.  The innovative ski adaptor fits on the front of a fat bike–replacing the front wheel–and unlocks a vast amount of terrain and control in the snow for the rider.  Hitting new terrain and ripping by other bikers is what caught the eyes–and lenses–of Warren Miller's filming team last winter at the Fat Bike World Championships in Colorado. Brooke Scatchard, Founder and Developer of Fat Bike Skis, road-tripped from Vermont, where he's been refining and building the Fat Bike Ski for the better part of 15 years, to Colorado with his partner Mariah Keagy to put the Fat Bike Ski in front of some of the key figures in the Fat Bike industry.

Photo by Tony Wilhelms

"After befriending some photographers covering the event, I was invited to ride for a video shoot they had planned.  I spent the day riding through deep snow in front of extraordinary (and expensive) video cameras for a few very well-known ski film crews.  I was the only one able to ride most of the trails and quickly became a major focus of their fat bike segment."  

I gotta say–I’m pretty excited to see Fat Bike Skis featured by the biggest name in ski films this November!
— Brooke Scatchard

Fat Bike Skis are in their final stages of development and plan to be produced and available to consumers in Winter 2016-17.  For more information, visit fatbikeskis.com.

 

 

 

Fat Bike World Championships in Crested Butte, CO

Brooke Scatchard

Mariah and I (Brooke) packed up the Fat Bike Ski and headed to Colorado for the inaugural Fat Bike World Championships in Crested Butte.  This seemed like the ideal venue to launch Fat Bike Skis and reveal the future of fat biking to the world.  We expected a good response, but the enthusiasm we received was nothing short of amazing.

The event organizer and fat bike advocate, Dave Ochs, told me it was fine to race with the Fat Bike Ski, as long as I didn't win.  Fair enough.  I got the hole shot off the start and ended up placing 20th in the Open category.  Not bad for a Vermonter at 8,800 feet.  The course started out firm and fast, but developed a lot of deep ruts after the first lap.  I was able to pass riders on every little downhill section by taking tight inside lines as many struggled to keep their bikes' wheels tracking.  As expected, the Fat Bike Ski performed great over the 15 mile race.  I can't wait to see the advantage it would give to someone like Travis Brown.

Leading the pack out of the gate.

Leading the pack out of the gate.

Cookie Monster approved.

Cookie Monster approved.

After the race, I kept the bike on site and let a stream of around 50 curious folks take it for a spin. Some were racers who'd seen me cruising by them on the downhills and others were spectators out to catch the excitement.  Everyone came back smiling and impressed with the effortless and intuitive handling of the Fat Bike Ski.  One of the best reactions from a fellow racer was, "I don't know why you would ride on snow with anything else." 

The next day was one of the best of my life!  A race on downhill flow trails at Crested Butte Mountain Resort was scheduled, but a foot of dry fluffy snow fell overnight and disrupted the plans.  The race was cancelled and riders were invited to take some laps down the lightly groomed trails then enjoy a chair lift ride back up, but the deep snow made it tough going.  Except for me on the Fat Bike Ski!

Your spaceship is about to blast off.

Your spaceship is about to blast off.

The Rockies look good on ya.

The Rockies look good on ya.

Fat Bike Skis bring joy to the people.

Fat Bike Skis bring joy to the people.

After making friends with some photographers covering the event, I was invited to ride for a video shoot they had planned.  I spent the whole day riding through deep snow in front of extraordinarily expensive video cameras for a couple very well-known ski film crews.  I was the only one able to ride most of the trails and quickly became the star of their fat bike segment.  I'm proud to announce that Fat Bike Skis will be featured by the biggest name in ski films this coming October!  

More on that later.  For now, check out the new videos from the trip to Colorado.