One of the big advantages to living in a state like Florida is never having to shovel snow or change to snow tires. On the down side, you can’t go snowmobiling here, and my cross country skis have been used since 2007. A new “solo snowmobile”, called the Skizee, almost has me ready to look for real estate in the snow belt again. The product of two Canadian
mad scientists inventors, the Skizee was originally developed for the ski patrol. It’s best thought of as a t-bar lift that will take you anywhere you want to go.
The Skizee design is incredibly well thought out. It folds down to fit in the trunk of a car, so you don’t need a pickup truck or trailer to haul it around (score that Skizee 1, snowmobile 0). It’s powered by a 10.5 horsepower four stroke, which should run for quite a long time on a single tank of gas (although the website lacks specifics on range or top speed). If search and rescue is your thing the Skizee also produces electricity to power GPS units, radios, flashlights, heated clothing or whatever else you need. Wear out the Skizee’s rubber track, and mounting a new one takes less than 3 minutes.
There’s no word on pricing, but I’d put it somewhere in between a good pair of telemark skis and a low end snowmobile. I can see a lot of applications for the Skizee, and I can’t help but wonder how well it would work on sand. I’ve got cross country skis, after all, and Florida has lots of beaches.