Lies, Damned Lies & Statistics

Posted: Friday, 16 November 2012 by Mark Kinnon in Labels: , , , , ,

"Lies, damned lies, and statistics" is a quotation often attributed to Benjamin Disraeli, the 19th century British Prime Minister. The source for this view is the autobiography of Mark Twain, where he makes that attribution.  The phrase is often used to describe the persuasive power of numbers, particularly the use of statistics to bolster weak arguments.

That aside, Randy Kimball from the American SkiBike Association released some interesting statistics this week, based upon their membership.
  • Average SkiBiker Age: 49 (range from 31-66 years old)
  • Average years these members have been SkiBiking: 9 years (1-39 years)
  • 59% were previous skiers/snowboarders with 4-45 years of skiing/snowboarding experience
  • 22% are still current skiers
  • 59% would not be able to ride on a ski hill without a SkiBike
  • Top 3 reasons they SkiBike and cannot ski or snowboard: Bad Knees, Age, Keep up with the children/grandchildren
  • Average days they SkiBiked last season: 18 (1-65 days)
  • 72% bring SkiBikers with them on ski trips
  • 50% bring Skiers with them on ski trips
  • 36% bring Snowboarders with them on ski trips
  • 77% are Male and 23% are Female
  • 59% average 3 or more days on a ski trip
  • 31% select slope side lodging
  • 69% select off slope lodging
  • 54% currently participate or want to participate in SkiBike race events
  • Top 3 states SkiBikers come from: Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma
If you are struggling to persuade your local ski resort to open access to skibikes, challenge predjudice or change the view that all skibikers are "Hell's Angels on skis", you may care to share these statistics with them.

SkiBikers somewhat below the average age (49)