Video: Snowscoot It!

Jan 10, 2014 at 13:20
by UR Team  
Views: 65,402    Faves: 453    Comments: 11


You might have heard or you might have even tried a Blackmountain snowscoot before, but "Snowscoot it!" is about to make you want to try or try again and go on the hunt for fresh powder, some nice wood sections or snowpark.

Snowscoot 2013

Fabien Cousinié, MTB world cup rider, 3 time snowscoot world champ and Enguerran Aubry show you the diversity of what you can do on a snowscoot. Some new possibilities such as scrubing or taking the ski lift standing up on the handle bar!

"Snowscoot it!" is also the first time snowscoot is filmed in slow-motion to make sure you have time to see how rad and easy it can be.

If for your 2014 resolution you’ve planned to try something different, riding a Blackmountain snowscoot in the powder should be on your list!

Snowscoot 2013

Snowscoot 2013



139 Comments

  • + 148
 This would be awesome......if snowboards and skis weren't invented.
  • + 35
 Exactly, its like how scooters would be fun as if there wasn't skating and bmx.
  • + 110
 have you people even tred it!!!. ive been skiing snce i was 2 . i love it . but every year i rent a snowscoot from the nearest mountain and use it the whole day and never get bored whereas after a few hours of skiing with friends were ready to head home. demonstrated by this video you can go any where with a snowscoot just like skis or snowboard. so why bother judging something when youve never even tried it?

with that aside great video!! Salute
  • - 34
flag JDFF (Jan 10, 2014 at 14:59) (Below Threshold)
 Don't get me wrong, I do appreciate the "novelty" of the "sport". But I'm going to put this in the same catagory as:

Razor Scooter
Mono Board
Rollerblades
"Surf" kayaking

In other words, the wrong tools for the job.
  • + 42
 i just think its another unique way to enjoy the mountain
along with
Razor Scooter
Mono Board
Rollerblades
"Surf" kayaking
  • + 13
 scooters in the skatepark. Pretty much describes it.
  • + 26
 @bobby-owen i think you either need new ski buddies or possibly try learning some new tricks. skiing shouldnt be boring
  • + 23
 I know most of you already ski and snowboard, but i think those snowscoots would be a great way for many of us mountain bikers-non-skiers to enjoy the snow.
  • - 12
flag Quesadilla34 (Jan 10, 2014 at 19:24) (Below Threshold)
 Sometimes at the skatepark scooterfa....kids, roll in, and i "accidentaly" drop my board into the bowl. I feel like the kids on the lift aregonna save the snowballs for dudes on snow scooters! Haha, they are cool tho
  • + 0
 f-ing scooter kids don't get me started.
  • + 12
 Ugh I would never run a Fox fork on my snow scoot. RS Pike all the way.
  • + 3
 @bobby-owen you make a good point however surfing is actually a very fundamental skill when it come to kayaking jut so you know haha
  • + 1
 all I have to say is you probably cant go as fast or as big on one of these as you can on skis or snowboard.... and in the end all I want to do is ride the steepest lines and the gnarliest cliffs when im hittin the snow.
  • + 3
 JDFF hit the nail on the head by calling this a "novelty"
  • + 7
 I can't believehow conservative are some of you guys... Look it's a new cool thing and you don't even need to try it Big Grin
  • + 3
 i find snow boarding boring (i used to do the 40+ jumps and stuff) unless there is alot of powder. i ski bike most the time, lots of fun
  • + 6
 This looks way more fun than skiing or snow board
  • + 2
 I went snowboarding to aviemore 3 years ago and was watching a 10 yr old kid rip one of these all day long....I tried it for maybe an hour and it was tough going.big props to anyone who can handle these things.super fast!!!
  • + 6
 I've seen some suggest that this could be way for mountain bikers who don't ski or snowboard to enjoy the mountains in the winter, like they could just hop on and ride it like a bike. I don't think that could be farther from reality. At its core this thing is just a snowboard with a handlebar to hold onto and I would imagine rides nothing like a bike. Bikes have wheels and rubber tires for grip, and handlebar steering, and BRAKES!!! This has none of that. You'd have to have the proper skills like skiing and boarding to ride one of these, like edge control, carving turns, etc.
  • + 9
 how could this not be fun? you've combined everything we love about mountain bikes,skiing,and snow boarding and combined it into one awesome package!
  • + 15
 This btchn reminds me of my skiing parents talking crap about snowboards when they first started appearing on the slopes... Cheer the hell up!
  • + 2
 Well, I have looked at dem prices.... Better build my own I guess.
  • + 24
 can i get it in a 29er version?
  • + 0
 since my knee injury (seperated ACL) I cant skate anymore. any side forces could result in dislocation or further injury
so that puts snowboarding out too..
If I ever get to the mountains in winter I'd sooner use one of these than ski.....
  • + 1
 I'm with bobby-owen.... skiing on piste is BORING. If I'm at a resort and there's no powder or good moguls to be had I'm bored and ready to go home after like a couple hours. I'd definitely try a snowscoot. Shit looks super fun.
  • + 2
 Its something like a boat…. you don't buy one yourself, you just lend a friends...
  • + 1
 Check this out. www.medusatechgroup.com. We are redesigning to hit the American market hard for 14/15 .. What it can do...yes it has a strap, m.youtube.com/watch?v=4SwHxz53irU&feature=c4-feed-u
  • + 1
 if they arent around 4-6 hundred, people will say they are to expnsive
  • + 49
 scooters are like fat chicks, they are fun to ride you just dont want your friends to see you on one
  • + 3
 LMFAO Big Grin
  • + 36
 I'll buy it when the Enduro specific version debuts.
  • + 7
 I was looking for the downhill version. Maybey a fox 40 on it? Smile
  • + 2
 Yah I don't think the one in the video has enough travel for my trails....
  • - 6
flag Protour (Jan 12, 2014 at 23:23) (Below Threshold)
 I thought the humor index on enduro jokes expired at the end of last year, guess I'll have to wait and tolerate more predictable "humor".

Couldn't you have also mentioned 650b in your incredibly creative post, Adam?
  • + 4
 If you want the downhill version look at this:
www.schneevelo.ch

Here you can buy a kit and build from your Downhill Bike a Snow Scoot with much travel haha Wink
  • + 1
 vlbrider, that's awesome! Big Grin
  • + 18
 I did this for the first time last weekend up in Winter Park Colorado on Lenz ski bikes. Some of the most fun I have had in a very long time! I brought my snowboard with me and did not even think about picking it up once after riding the ski bikes. By day two my buddy and I were shredding park and doing back country on those things. It is unfortunate that the top liked comment has to be something mocking the "new sport" because it is something everyone should try.
  • + 1
 OK, it's obviously a fun thing, but the sleds can also be fun for a couple of days, and it's the snow that makes everything fun. I wonder however if you would change your snowboard for one of these?
  • + 1
 the scooter looks like it would dominate powder. basically a skibike without a seat. i ski bike over snowborad, but bring once incase something breaks
  • + 18
 Scooter? I barely know her.
  • - 7
flag NocoastUntd (Jan 10, 2014 at 19:25) (Below Threshold)
 EVerone go to bull skate.com right now!!! this is the future!!!
  • + 16
 I'd try it but i dont' think i'd buy one... nothing compares to laying my ski's over and tearing up the mountain... as far as winter sports go...
  • + 2
 I'm with you. Seems like a fun thing if you're at the resort for a week, but I'd have a hard time pulling out the scoot over my planks if I've only got a couple of days. It's why I sold my snowboard stuff...
  • + 12
 Looks sick. Getting one of these things would help bring me closer to biking during these terrible seasons of snow cover trails.
  • - 29
flag map-guy (Jan 10, 2014 at 14:45) (Below Threshold)
 Buy a fatbike
  • + 2
 Awesome stuff. I wonder how much that thing costs...
  • + 9
 2,290 euros hahaha
  • + 0
 what a fuckin waste hahahaha
  • + 1
 Here you go, American company selling a suspension model. medusatechgroup.com.
  • + 13
 I feel like this is just inviting yourself to eat shit.
  • + 12
 I'd so be trying to grab a handful of brake and then wipe out when I realised there isn't one!
  • - 1
 Exactly, and taking handlebars to the groin all day while eating $hit, cartwheeling with this contraption down the mountain.. Hopefully they are leashed to the rider?? I'd hate to be a bystander and take one of these runaway scooters to the back..

Sorry, i snowboard a lot and love snow sports but these things look retarded.. for ski resorts anyways.. Public lands where everyone snowmobiles, snowbikes, ect have at it.. If ppl have to wait even longer in the chairlift line for you to load your scooter there will be problems, haha..
  • + 0
 I saw someone use their snowboard as a sledge on the practice slope at a snow field one time, they couldnt stop and went through the back of someone's legs in the gondola queue... I've never seen someone hit the back of their head on the ground so hard in my life, snow scooters would cause the same problem I expect! :/
  • + 2
 ive seen to many accidents where a snowboard hits someone just sitting there... only one or two skiers.
  • + 8
 Yeah yeah I know, this looks weird and bla bla bla... but lets try to clear things out for you guys. Snowscooting is pretty big in europe. The snowscoot is originated from the Southern part of the French alps. Invented in 1991, It's inventor is Frank Petoud and he currently owns Insane Toys snowscoot. First snowscoots in north america 1996. What you're seeing in this video is a Black Mountain snowscoot, this is a full suspension variation of the original. There are 2 types, rigid frames and full suspension frames. Also different length boards and stiffnesses. Ranging from 1200$ to 3200$. Early generations are made out of chromo steel. Mostly made out of aluminum now. There is a few super high ends made out of Ti and fancy aerospace grade chromo.

Riding feels a lot like AM biking, pumping the muggles like you would do on a bike. You can bunny hop like on a bike. With the right setup and a gifted rider, it can be pretty agile. I wouldn't say it's has agile as skis in the super tight and steep stuff, but otherwise it's fast and fun.

I own both skis and a snowscoot and like them both as much.
  • + 6
 i have mixed feelings about this. as much as it looks soooo sweet to sherd those slopes, I dont feel like it would be possible to outdo the feeling of fresh powder on my snowboard. i think it would be funner in the parks. but this is just my opiniion and im fine with whatever. im definitly for having them allowed on the hills
  • + 6
 Brave move posting this on Pinkbike. Half the Pink Bikers have an aneurysm when they discuss different sized wheels, never mind replacing wheels with planks.
  • + 3
 haha, if your commenting without trying one then you realize your just like the closed minded skiers when snowboarding was new and not on the hills yet. haha. i have yet to read someone who tried them and did not have a good time. beats sitting in your basement with a computer stuck to your face. sick vid, gnarly riding!
  • + 2
 honestly i hate the fact that people are so close minded, im currently working a season in belle Plagne and you can rent these things everywhere and they look cool as fuck! as long as the people are having fun who the fuck cares! nobody is forcing you to get on one and use it so just carve out of the way of them!
  • + 2
 There's another way to enjoy the mountain
I rode the whistler trails on my mtn scooter and sent the redbull joyride start with it (2011)
You can watch here a cruisin ride on A line!!!
My buddy brett tippie was stoked 'bout it (youtube comments)
m.youtube.com/watch?v=bqWas2InNEo
Cheers
  • + 1
 I'd like to announce an AMERICAN company that has inventory on sale for a great experience, yes this is a great new way to experience the mountain. I've been skiing for about 30 years and this should deserve a try before you judge the experience, as others have said. We are selling at 600$ US , www.facebook.com/medusatechgroup?sk=app_189977524185. this model has suspension. We are going to launch a new model for 2014/15 and plan to make a stamp here in the states....time to make this a permanent part of American winter sports. Yes we feel like the snowboarders of the late 80s...trying to open peoples minds to a different kind of ride. medusatechgroup.com
  • + 1
 The lack of bindings is a plus in my book, that's one of the reasons boarding pisses me off. I guess flips would be a tad more difficult. I'd like to see more shots of snowscoots in the rough stuff and how quickly they can turn. It looks way more agile than a snowboard, probably because you are using your arms as well, shifting body weight and such.
  • + 1
 I'm starting to see variations of the ski bike pop up on some of the ski resorts in Colorado, I think it'll be a slow start but I think we're witnessing the creation of a new summer sport that one day will accompany skiing and snow boarding
  • + 1
 I had a Blackmountain snowscoot for a few days in france, I guessed that I would be back on the snow board after a few hrs but I was wrong! if you can ski/snow board and ride a bike you will pick it up after a run or two, if we had snow here I would buy one.
  • + 1
 Ski biking is probably the best thing to ever happen to mtbers in the winter time, you just gotta have to right one, i mean look at these things, theres nothing "scooter"-esk about them

www.lenzsport.com/ski_detail.php?prodID=17
  • + 1
 Tried one once and had tons of fun! Took me a bit to get use to the style of riding but once you get it you can do anything!
Let's be honest there is nothing more dangerous than anyone who doesn't know how to do something (snowboarding,skiing biking). Would love to be able to ride one here in whistler but unfortunately some people are close minded...
  • + 5
 Holy over use of slowmo. WTF.
  • + 3
 FWIW, Devin Lenz of Lenz Sport in Colorado has also been making these for a while.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mT6pDvkmtFM
  • + 2
 Lenz Sport makes ski bikes, not snowscoots.
  • + 4
 Really, though...same shit.
  • + 2
 Looks like the difference is that a Ski bike has a seat.. other than that it's pretty much the same thing. Ski resorts around here wouldn't have a place to put them on the lifts in the winter.
  • + 5
 Its too bad most mountains wont let these beasts on the hill! Frown
  • + 3
 Canada sucks for that !Mountain biking meca, but snowscoot not allowed !
  • + 3
 Its retarded
  • + 1
 Was that a Fat scoot or an XC scoot. Looked like a Fat scoot to me, the ones I see at Winter Park are more the XC scoot style I think. When does the niner hard tail version come out?
  • + 1
 I'd like to give this a try, but I'll probably wait for another few years for the technology to be refined.. A couple years ago these things were primal, now they look pretty cool.. Surely still won't rip like skis..
  • + 2
 Always wanted to and still want to try, have to find somewhere they accept it
  • + 1
 try hauling this thing up a mountain to do a tour. it's just a cute toy compared to what's possible on ski and snowboard^^
snowscoot if you feel like it though
  • - 1
 God damn, they really are the scooters of the ski hill, fun if you call jumping off a mogul big air...they are nothing like snowboarding when it was a new sport. why? Because the potential just isn't there. You will never ever ever be able to shred as hard on a snow scooter as you could two planking and that's a fact. The only place I would use these is on a ski mound with no fun terrain. Two plank it in the winter, bike in the summer, simple as that
  • + 1
 best fun ive had since I stopped doing seasons! When you've pushed what you are capable of doing on skis and a board this makes a perfect progression, SO much fun
  • + 2
 Aweomse!!!!! Where can l get one? Reminds me of waterskiing, carving hard and throwing up a huge wall of water Big Grin
  • + 1
 Looks like a giggle to me. Although we dont get enough snow for anything like that without another expensive trip to the alps.
  • + 1
 The snow scoot is cool! But it'd be better if it had cranks and pedals and was called a snow bike. but until those come out, the snow scoot is sick!
  • + 1
 I mean something to catch if you were to do tail whips or no footed tricks, just to place your feet where ever on a deck is not as challenging
  • + 3
 I want to have a go at that so bad
  • + 1
 Um I got a question how do you store the dang thing unless the boards come of.f
  • + 2
 Like you don't wanna scratch those boards
  • + 1
 on another note, i really wana see someone tail whip on of those things! haha
  • + 1
 yupp, i like them. Cannot decide for this or the snow bike though... cool tune too.
  • + 2
 Snow Scooting is far too Euro for our North American tastes...
  • + 1
 I would totally borrow one if I knew someone with one. It DOES look fun but I can't spend that much in it.
  • + 1
 Anyone know where to get Picture Organic Clothing (what he's wearing in the video) in the US?
  • + 2
 Pretty wild you guys used a song by a small group from Cape Town!
  • + 1
 They don't show any landing runouts, just the initial touch down. That massive 180 looks like it would end in chaos.
  • + 1
 Now I know what to do with my old full suspension bike. Get to building fellas.
  • + 1
 snowscoots are cool....but not as cool as this song! who is it?! shazam and soundhound didnt work.
  • + 3
 The chase by gateway drugs, its on soundcloud
  • + 3
 Is it April 1st already?
  • - 5
flag A-Smalls (Jan 10, 2014 at 21:30) (Below Threshold)
 best comment Ive read in a while....props to you
  • + 2
 Where do I buy one of there?
  • + 1
 is this Pinkbike or pinkanyf*ckingthing?
  • + 1
 I'm with JDFF on this one...
  • + 1
 In Europe you can buy it at www.wintersport4all.nl
  • + 0
 I'm not trying to be "that guy" but have you ever thought about some proper avalanche saftey equipment ?
  • + 1
 Authentic Pro-Snowscoots at www.snow-junky.co.uk
  • + 1
 I Stiller prefer the norte legionários smx
  • + 1
 Do they do a 650b version? That would be sick and so much faster..
  • + 7
 Oh wow. How original.
  • + 2
 AWESOME!
  • + 1
 Learn something new everyday.
  • + 1
 Fresh powder with one of these would be sick!
  • + 1
 WOW THERE ALL LIKE $2000 and up
  • + 2
 Check out the slopecycle, its rigid but only $750
  • - 1
 only $750 he says hahaha....um so thats like a brand new fork or a brand new drive train or a used drive train and used fork or a new frame thats a few years old or a frame thats from last year but was used or if you wana switch seasons its a whole new snowboard set up or a real sick pear of new power skis....see what im saying here? its pricy for a novelty
  • + 0
 That makes no sense at all. You said yourself its about the same as a new board set up (not one that I would want) or a new pair of skis and you get an experience much like riding a bike in the snow, which is why you would buy it, not for a novelty. And when you live in a place like I do where you cant ride bikes for 4-5 months its kinda cheap when compared to my $7,000 in bikes.And being as any board I would buy is $600-800 for the board alone it ain't that bad at all.
  • + 2
 haha this guy/\/\ glad to see your flaunting how much you spend on gear.
  • + 1
 Haha, your pretty dense if you cant figure out that I was just making a point that it ain't that expensive. I actually spent about $4000 on my bikes because I wait for closeouts and just put old parts on a new frame if i buy one, but they would cost $7000 to replace if you bought new but my old stuff works just fine, and my board is actually 10 years old which is why I said "any board I would buy" because I want something good that i can be happy with for a long time to come. But while i'm "flaunting" about my crap that's just so great how about my $400 car that I use to go biking or boarding because its so damn impressive too.
  • + 2
 flaunt
flônt,flänt/
verb
gerund or present participle: flaunting

1.
display (something) ostentatiously, esp. in order to provoke envy or admiration or to show defiance.
that's the definition of the word....your other post absolutely contains flaunting by the definition but whats interesting is that now your kind of flaunting in the opposite direction...Its like your trying to win me over by trying to prove that you didn't spend a shitload on gear, really if you want to win me over you should just take me out to dinner.
  • + 1
 Take you out to dinner? Thanks but i'm straight. Ok you might be right on that but it was only for defiance, not trying to win you over.
  • + 1
 I can see how wide bars would nice here.
  • - 1
 I'm down with anything I can ride without strapping in. I hate bindings. chillerdecks.com for those who don't need handlebars
  • + 0
 I had a snowscoot once ....but lets not go there.
  • + 1
 Looks super fun!
  • + 1
 looks great fun.
  • + 1
 I have to get one! Big Grin
  • + 1
 I wan't one...
  • + 1
 what is that song
  • + 1
 Awesome!!!
  • + 1
 I need one!
  • + 1
 Check us out, we r starting out, plan to go full out this fall...https://www.facebook.com/medusatechgroup?sk=app_189977524185,
medusatechgroup.com
Currently redesigning, for new models...I think there is a UK company though doing something similar.
  • + 0
 I accidently the mountain!
  • + 1
 So cool
  • - 1
 Watching him scrub gave me wood
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