By Andrew Liszewski
The Wii Fit balance board provides a surprisingly fun ski experience in the comfort of your living room, but it’s got nothing on this SKIGYM simulator available from Pro-Idee. It was developed in Germany with ski instructors, sport scientists and even physical therapists to provide an accurate recreation of the motions used while skiing, and even appears to include a set of ski poles that somehow interface with the simulator.
The included software, Alpine Ski Racing 2007, is PC-only, so you’ll need to use a laptop or computer instead of a gaming console, but it comes complete with 32 different courses from 18 real life venues including Beaver Lake, Lake Louise and Chamonix. You also have your choice of 6 different disciplines including super G and slaloms, and the ability to adjust the difficulty level from junior to amateur to professional as you get better and better. At about $2,280 it’s considerably more expensive than Wii Fit, but I’d feel more comfortable tackling the real thing after practicing with this, than Nintendo’s offering.