If your knees or back won't cope with skiing anymore, or you want to try an alternative, here it is!
If you have finally decided that skiing is just too difficult or you are just too fearful to carry on trying anymore or your knees won't take the strain, but you still want to enjoy the slopes and everything else that a ski holiday offers, this is the alternative for you.
Advantages: very short learning curve of 2 hours, no previous experience needed, no special equipment (just usual ski gear and ski boots), and you can use them in any resort worldwide that accepts them. If there is no hire shop in the resort of your choice, but they are accepted on the slopes and lifts, the bikes can be transported to your hotel, or lodgings, from a central depot in Austria for a small fee. If you want to check out which resorts are bike-friendly, and which offer renting and tuition, go to the 'English' version.
Some of the contacts on the list are out of date, so email the contact first, check where you hire from and the costs involved. ( Brenter website here)
You then need to contact the Tourist Office of the resort and the Lift Companies and keep all the emails that say you can use the lifts and runs and take them with you.
Laws do change and a resort that may have been bike-friendly one year, may not be the next season!
Sometimes the bikes are accepted on chair lifts, gondolas and cable cars, but not T-bars and Button drags, so do some research, the tourist office websites usually have all the contact details and I have always found them very helpful.
From our own personal experience, we learnt to use Brenter Snowbikes in Obertauern, Austria, it's one of Austria's highest resorts, with a really good snow record from October to May. In this resort all the lift attendants are very obliging, even slowing lifts down if you are new to biking, but beware of flat areas, these are labour-intensive wearing small skis, and having a bike to push...but this applies to all resorts! Another good resort for meeting up with other Snowbikers/Skibobbers is Sölden.
Although there are other Snowbikes, Ski bikes and Skibobs, we can only recommend the Brenter C4 and the upgraded C6, as these are the only ones we have personal experience of.
It does what it says on the packet, and is very easy to collapse down. Make sure you use a style that has the small footskis, otherwise you will not be allowed to use most of the lifts at all. Lifts in winter are geared for skiers, not foot passengers (or Peggers - riders that don't use footskis)
Wherever you go to use a bike, you will need to produce a license to prove you have reached a safe level of competence using the lifts and on the runs; this license will be issued on completion of your course. On production of this license, you will able to hire and use Brenter Snowbikes anywhere in the world subject to the ski resort regulations.
Check out Stalmach Skibobs as an alternative but they are considered more for professional racers!
Images below of Brenter Snowbike