FAQ

Clothing and accessories

What type of shoe can I use?

You want your shoes to be comfortable, high on the ankle and warm enough. Your hiking or snow boots, will be perfect. As long as you feel comfortable in them and they hold you well, you’ll fully enjoy your day out.

  • Snowboard or mountaineering boots are a tad too rigid and heavy
  • Ski boots are definitely NOT recommended
What shoe size fit the bindings?

It takes a wide range of sizes:

  • 4.5 to 13 US
  • 36 to 50 EU
  • 3 to 13 UK
How should I dress to Snooc?

Your average ski/snowboard outfit should do just fine. At the very least, wear warm and snow-proof clothes with strong gloves. Gaiters and a helmet are highly recommended. And you might want to wear goggles and a scarf to protect your face from the snow drifts.

Do normal hiking boots hold the ankle properly?

Yes, though we recommend using boots with a higher shoe upper.

Equipment

Is the Snooc strong?

We’ve put the Snooc under high stress many time during the testing phase. Under normal use, the Snooc will accompany you on hikes for many years!

The bindings don't look reassuring, are they tough enough?

Snooc bindings have been developed in partnership with Eric Phillips, the polar explorer. Using this binding he crossed thousands of miles in temperatures lower than -40°… what more can we say? Probably one of the most comfortable and solid bindings in the World today.

Don't I need tools to transform the Snooc?

The only tools you’ll need to transform the Snooc are your hands. The bindings and the seat for the downhill position are attached using quick release levers.

Is it heavy?

Uphill, the Snooc weighs less than 2 kg in your backpack. Downhill, it carries you.

What's in a Snooc?

The Snooc is a piece of equipment for uphill AND downhill activity. As far as we know it’s the most efficient way to ski up and down the mountain off-piste.

The Snooc is comprised of:

  • one pair of specifically designed skis,
  • one pair of ski skins,
  • one pair of bindings,
  • one seat,
  • one shock absorber.
Will it hurt my back?

The shock absorber is highly efficient at smoothing all the bumps of the terrain. In fact, a ride on a Snooc will be less stressful to your back than a ride on skis is to your knees.

What is the shock absorber for?

The shock absorber is here to protect your back. Though a ride through powder snow is generally smooth, there will always be shocks and bumps along the way. With the help of Fabien Tourneux, an expert in prosthetics, we have come up with the most advanced shock absorber in this industry. It has efficiently given us a smooth landing in countless jumps, some more than 15 ft long.

Are there "stop skis" on the skis?

In uphill mode, your ski is attached to your foot with straps, and cannot come loose. just like with snowshoes, you won’t need ‘stop skis”. In downhill mode the Snooc is attached to the rider with a special belt. this “leash” performs the same function as a “stop ski”.

Is there an avalanche beacon or a Recco reflector inserted in the seat?

No. Snowfield security equipment is never attached to ski equipment, but always on the person.

Can I attach my old skis to the Snooc?
Can I use the Snooc with normal skis?

You are free to modify the Snooc however you want. Attach the seat to skis, snowboard, skateboard, or washing machine. Just don’t forget to post your photos online with #snooc!

Do the skis have edge? Can the Snooc carve?

Yes, it’s thanks to the edges of the Snooc skis that its speed is so easily and safely mastered.

Is there suspension under the seat?

The Snooc is equipped with a suspension at the cutting edge of technology.

Where to go

I do not know anything about off-track skiing, where can I practice?

Our mobile application “SNOOC” will refer you to some routes. Apart from the SNOOC app, there is also quite a lot of information on snowshoe hikes or cross country ski-touring, where listed itineraries are appropriate for the Snooc. For safety, we recommend that you hire a guide or a ski teacher who will guide you safely and train you to become autonomous. To find a guide, check out our mobile app.

Can I go to the ski station with my Snooc?

As well as having been conceived for going cross country, the Snooc is also authorized in many stations. Contact the tourist office of your destination. You can also consult our website and the mobile application “SNOOC”

Can I access the ski lift with my Snooc? What lifts can I access?

Yes, in ski mode, you can use the majority of chair lifts and ski lifts since you are considered to be a skier! You can also access some pedestrian-friendly lifts with the Snooc in downhill mode. For the details relative to your destination, contact the Tourist Office.

Are there stations where the Snooc is not approved?

Each and every resort decides how to authorize the Snooc. Contact your destination’s Tourist Office.

Can I hike over any kind of terrain?

The Snooc is designed for ski slopes that are accessible to everyone. As with cross country ski touring, above a certain incline the skins will no longer grip snow. If you are approaching an area requiring the crossing of a steep slope, and requiring a carving technique, it is be a good idea to take off your skis and continue on foot until you find a more manageable terrain.

Can I descend over any type of terrain?

Over the downhill, the SNOOC is very versatile. From gently sloping mountainsides, and up to 35° steepness, it’s the quality and conditions of the snow that create your experience. Snow with a hard upper crust, and which crumbles under the weight of the user, should be avoided.

Snooc and people

Learning to Snooc. Is it easy? I don't know how to ski, can I Snooc?

Yes!! Get into it! Just a few minutes are enough to learn how to master the Snooc. About 100 meters on a grade blue slope is enough to learn how to ride. If you fall, you only fall 20 cm…

How old to Snooc?

For cross country skiing, the Snooc is designed for people between the ages of 10 and 90 years old. the smallest shoe size that will fit into the bindings is 36. We recommend parents supervise minors for the first downhill ride.

I weigh more than 100 kg, can I Snooc?

The Snooc is designed to accept a wide range of different sizes, and there’s no weight limit. Just keep in mind that it is meant to be used on the snow … not for aerial acrobatics ;-).

What risks do I take when going for a Snooc ride in the mountains?

The mountains are a wondrous natural environment. And even though the Snooc can be used on slightly-sloping forest trails and roads, the upper slopes can be hazardous. Before a hike consult a professional (guide, local shop) about your itinerary and when in doubt, hire a guide. Accredited professionals will be able to advise you, or guide you on possible routes according to meteorological and snowpack conditions.

I am a skier / snowboarder. What does the Snooc offer that's different?

The Snooc is a sport unto itself. it is incomparable in the same way that snowboarding and skiing are incomparable. each sport has its advantages. on the Snooc you will be travelling at high speeds only inches from the ground. The sensation of speed is incredible! It’s like comparing go-karting to driving a car!

I already do cross country skiing, what can the Snooc do for me?

The Snooc does not pretend that it can replace cross-country skiing. But it can, on the other hand, offer you some unforgettably magic moments with your friends and family who don’t quite have the same capability as you in cross country skiing. Playful and fun, the Snooc is made for the high mountains.

I already use snowshoes, what can the Snooc do for me?

Whatever winter sport you practice, the Snooc offers a wild and fun-filled ride back to the bottom of the mountain. As for the ascent, the skis offer greater surface contact with the snow than do rackets. You will not sink as much into powdery snow as you do wearing rackets. you won’t need to lift your feet out of the deep snow, but simply slide them along on the top of the snow, which will save you considerable energy. You can also follow in the tracks that have been left behind other cross country skis,or even by rackets.

I have a hip / shoulder prosthesis, can I Snooc?

Some movements, although carefully or gently performed, are not allowed by the hip prosthesis. Just as for skiing and other winter sports, it is not advisable to Snooc with a hip or shoulder prosthesis.

How to Snooc

Does it go fast?

Hell yes! The rider’s position on the Snooc allows him/her to control speed over every meter of downhill, either with feet on the ground or by skidding. Having said that, the Snooc possesses great potential for speed over the snow, and a well instructed or experienced rider can attain the same speeds as a skier.

Is it stable?

The Snooc is particularly stable. To start off, you have your feet on the ground on both sides of the ski, giving the rider three points of contact with the ground. Which is more stable than standing on two skis, where you have only two points in contact with the snow. With two feet on the ground speed can be easily regulated and braking is easy, as is stopping completely.

Can I ski down with the Snooc skis?

No. The bindings are not made for skiing down. They are so flexible that you will not manage to control your skis during a skid. We urge you strongly not to try it.

What are the safety elements of the Snooc?

The handle has been designed to retract in case of a shock.

How long does it take to transform the Snooc?

After a few runs, the Snooc turns from uphill mode to downhill mode in 3 min. Practice at home once or twice before getting started, and it will become a mere formality!

Will the Snooc get through 30 cm of powdery snow?
If there's a lot of powder snow, will I sink under it?

In up to 30 cm of powder, the Snooc works perfectly. In more than 30 cm the Snooc tends to slow down. on the other hand it’s perfectly possible to hike uphill through 50 to 60 cm of powder and descend along the same the same trace you made going up…as if you were on a bobsleigh.

Is it dangerous?

Hell no! It’s no more dangerous than skis or snowboard, but it’s easier to control, and much faster to learn to ride. Beginners will master trajectory, speed and stopping during the the very first descent.

Will the Snooc go just as well in powder as on the skirun?

Like skis, the Snooc is a little less stable in powdery snow and demands supplementary know-how. Even though the Snooc is specially designed for use in the powder, we would advise a preliminary run down a groomed skirun before taking on the soft snow.

How do I brake?

It is very easy: simply start to turn and make the turn as sharp as you can so that the Snooc starts skidding sideways. It will break the speed greatly and within seconds your Snooc will stop. It’s the same technique used on skis or snowboard. Never use your feet to stop when you are going fast.

I don't want to do any cross-country skiing, I just want to use it on the skiruns. Can I buy it without skins?

Yes, the Downhill model is equipped with one ski only, so you can be equipped at minimum cost. This model has been conceived for those who love the skiruns, and can’t be used for cross-country.

Can I do jumps on the Snooc?

The Snooc has been specially designed with your fun in mind. The suspension can handle all kinds of terrain, including unseen bumps, and deliberate jumps. But the Snooc is not just for jumps, it’s also made for cross-country skiing.

How do you turn, how do you stop?

To turn, just turn your shoulders. The rest of your body will follow, bringing the Snooc around too. Stopping, like on skis, involves an accentuated turn leading into a skid. It is easy to cut into a turn on the Snooc ski, and skid to a stop like on regular skis.

How can you get on the skis without sliding backwards?

For hiking uphill a “skin” covered with synthetic hairs is attached to the underside of the ski. These synthetic hairs, which are directed towards the rear of the ski, grip the snow and prevent the ski from sliding backwards. With these “seal skins” your skis maintain a traction on the snow, even on fairly steep slopes.

It's nothing new: The Jackjumper has been around for more than 100 years!!

That’s right! The oldest patent we could find goes back to 1884, and seated skiing has been practiced in numerous countries around the world for more than 200 years!! What’s new in the SNOOC is that it is totally conceived for cross country skiing. We use the same equipment for going up the mountain as for coming down, which means the weight and bulk are reduced in the backpack.

Isn't it difficult to go up the mountain on skis?

Getting up an average incline needs no more skill or energy than walking up. If the slope becomes a downhill, what better temptation to see how easy the conversion is?

Can the Snooc take off by itself if I fall off?

Not if you have remembered to attach it to your waist using the elastic leash. This leash has been specially conceived to prevent the Snooc from sliding away from you by itself. It’s long enough that the Snooc will not fall on you in the event of a tumble.

Could mini-ski poles help with the descent?

On the Snooc you will be seated at less than 20 cm from the ground, and you will be able to balance using only your feet and your hands. Using poles during the ride down is not recommended.