The following is a list of ski resorts who have stated officially that Skibikes are welcome.
It is still possible that there are certain lift facilities in these areas which you may not allowed to use. Allways check with the appropriate tourist office for confirmation before booking your holiday or making a first visit.
General Information for Austria:
From BMVIT (Ministry of Transport in Austria) and WKO - department "Seilbahnen" we have received information that, in general, Skibikes are allowed on Austrian slopes. Lift transportation is a different story. All gondolas and cabin lifts are permitted. Those chair lifts permitted to transport pedestrians are also allowed to transport Skibikers. All chair lifts with no ramp or stairs for pedestrians are not permitted by law to transport Skibikers.
Although permitted, you may still be refused permission to use a chairlift without further explanation, ultimately, it is the decision and the responsibility of the facility manager on the day. All drag lifts are, in general, prohibited because we do not have gliding devices strapped to our feet. We will discuss this with regulatory bodies soon, because it is not a defendable argument. We never experienced any issues, especially when we had a device with us which could release in case of a crash.
www.stuhleck.com - all chair lifts except "Steinbachalmbahn"
www.zauberberg.at - cabin lift only "Kabinenbahn"www.wagrain-kleinarl.at/de/winter/skifahren-snowboarden/skigebiet-kleinarl.html
www.kitzsteinhorn.at - all lift facilities on the glacier - on drag lifts ask for a safety lift device (emergency release)
www.stubaier-gletscher.com - no details about lift facilities, but in general no problem
General Information for France:
At most resorts you won't be allowed to use the drag lifts, but many chairlifts and most cable cars are fine. It is highly likely that you will be required to wear a safety leash whilst using a chairlift, to avoid any possibility of dropping your skibike onto the pistes below. You are not normally required to wear the leash whilst skibike riding, nor is it recommended (when you crash, you are likely to travel far further downhill than your skibike ever will).
In the larger resorts the lift operator will check to see if your skibike is type approved, i.e. it is from a recognised commercial operation and not home made. Some skibike conversion kits are
now covered by this type approval certificate or AVEL. The AVEL system is maintained by the Service Technique des Remontées Mécaniques et des Transports Guidés, which is the organisation that
represents all of the lift operating companies in France and is more commonly known by its acronym STRMTG.
One of the STRMTG's many administrative tasks, is to maintain a type approval system for "baggage" that covers not only skibikes, but a huge range of both summer and winter mountain toys.
As of the 203/14 season, the following skibikes and conversion kits are AVEL certified:
Note that there are also a couple of ski trikes and lots of SnowScoot models on the list too.
The full list in pdf format is available from the STRMTG website, as the name and location of this list changes from year to year, contact us if you would like to know where to find the current one. Furthermore, it would appear that once a skibike is on the list, it is automatically included on the following year's publication.
Ax Les Thermes - unconfirmed access
Avoriaz - all the chairlifts and cable cars
Carroz - all the chairlifts and cable cars
Col de la Faucille - all the chairlifts
Combloux - all the chairlifts
Courchevel - all the chairlifts and cable cars
Crest Voland - foot ski skibob and SnowScoot only
La Dole - detachable chairlift only
Grand Bornand - selected chairlifts and cable cars, plus special skibike chairlift and green run for novices
Hirmentaz-Les Habères - all the chairlifts
Les Houches - all the chairlifts and cable cars (take caution - some very steep slopes unsuitable for novices)
Massif des Brasses - the Chenevieres detachable chairlift above the village of Onnion is recommended (others are very fast and small) others permitted
Morzine - restricted access to one cable car
Le Crozet and Lelex - all the chairlifts and cable cars
La Pierre Saint Martin - unconfirmed access
Meribel - selected chairlifts and all cable cars
Pras de Lys Sommand - all the chairlifts (most are fast and small, use
Risoul - unconfirmed access
Valmorel - all the chairlifts and cable cars
Val Thorens - selected chairlifts and all cable cars