One of the biggest challenges to a first time peg skibiker is producing a skidded traverse. One must tilt the handlebars downhill so the skis will have a low edge angle to the snow. It's counter-intuitive to how one would normally ride a bicycle.
Most first timers want to lean into the hill which gets the skis up on a carve. The rider will then find themselves unable to control their speed or stop the bike. This a bad place to be for a beginner.
Most think they are tilting the handlebars enough downhill to produce the skid. 90% of guests are incorrect with this assumption.
A dead giveaway is the tracks that the skibike is leaving in the snow. A carve is going to produce a narrow track in the snow with obvious force on the uphill edge of the track.
|A carved skibike track|
|A skidded skibike track|
If one leans the skibike uphill, it causes the skibike to ride on a narrow part of the ski edge.
|Skibike ski edge on carve|
|Skbike ski being skidded|
|Flattened skis to produce turn|
Skidding is important to beginner and expert riders. It's the technique that allows the rider to dump speed in almost any situation. For the expert, it's handy in the bumps.
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