Get Ready for the GNCC Snowshoe WV
Mark your calendars! On Sunday, June 23rd and Monday, June 24th, 2018, the challenging Grand National Cross-Country series (GNCC Snowshoe) will resume, with the next leg of this fierce competition scheduled to occur in Snowshoe, West Virginia. Widely regarded as one of the most difficult off-road races in the country, the contest involves hundreds of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), motorbikes, and utility-task vehicles (UTVs). The series occurs over a variety of courses scheduled in different locations set a few weeks apart.
Visit the Snowshoe WV Resort to Watch an Epic Event
If you enjoy the exciting sport of off-road racing, you likely already possess a lot of information about the Grand National Cross Country (“the GNCC”) series. The GNCC Snowshoe race can trace its origins to West Virginia, where an off-road racing enthusiast named Dave Coombs launched the Blackwater-100 outside the small town of Davis during the 1970s. It involved a perilous track of 100 miles crossing rough, unforgiving terrain.
Over the years, the famous race expanded into the GNCC, a series of challenging off-road courses. At the same time, the entry classes available for off-road racing participants in the GNCC Snowshoe increased (to 107) and the length of the course in each series decreased from the original 100 miles. This event now draws off-road racing pros, amateurs, and spectators from around the world. Later this month, you’ll enjoy a wonderful opportunity to attend one of the GNCC races in beautiful Snowshoe WV, a center for winter skiing and athletic competitions on Snowshoe Mountain.
Come for the GNCC SNowshoe Race, Stay for The Vacation of a Lifetime!
The timing of this leg of the GNCC Snowshoe will please participants who choose to attend the June 23-24th Series in conjunction with a vacation in the area. The Snowshoe Mountain WV Resort serves as the venue for this series in the GNCC. However, it also offers a variety of entertaining activities for visitors: hiking, bicycle riding, golfing, clay shooting, horseback riding, lake activities, and many other tourist attractions. The facility includes a popular spa furnishing outstanding opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation. Additionally, visitors enjoy a variety of shopping and fine dining options.
In addition to luxurious accommodations, the resort supplies fun outdoor and leisure classes (including Yoga, Archery, and a Kid’s Camp). Concerts, special events, and even a local railroad tour provide guests with an appealing list of fun activities. The lovely Snowshoe WV scenery creates an alluring backdrop for all these exciting summer pursuits.
See the GNCC Snowshoe Race in Person
This series of the GNCC bills itself as “the ultimate test” for participants in the sport of cross-country racing. Set on the slopes of West Virginia’s premier ski resort, the race occurs within a designated area used for off-road activities. In addition to their GNCC entry fees paid to the race sponsors, participants and spectators should plan on purchasing 2018 ski lift tickets to reach this venue. The event includes many fun-filled activities, including a zip lining course.
Some participants will want to arrive a bit early to attend a golf tournament on Friday beginning at 9. a.m. at the resort’s Raven Club. It will help raise money for the 2018 ISDE US trophy team representing the United States during the International Six Days Enduro race in Chile conducted in November – one of the oldest off-road motorcycle races. Some of the GNCC race classes will commence competitions on Friday evening and many amateur races take place on Saturday. Saturday’s events will include a 6 p.m. graduation ceremony for youth who participated in the off-road training events sponsored through GNCC racing. Demonstration rides for Yamaha off-road vehicle occur on both Saturday and Sunday.
Snowshoe WV Restaurants
Participants and spectators attending the June 23rd and June 24th series of the GNCC will appreciate the availability of dining facilities at the Snowshoe WV resort. Whether you feel a sudden urge for coffee and donuts or an insatiable craving for Cheat Mountain Pizza, you’ll appreciate the rich variety of fare available. Satisfy hunger before, during, and after arduous racing!
People attending this event discover no fewer than five dining facilities here. Your bistro options include: Starbucks, Foxfire Grille, Cheat Mountain Pizza, Old Spruce Café and Tavern, and The Junction Restaurant and Saloon. The latter establishment offers full breakfasts (as well as main meals).
Arrive a Week Early or Leave a Week Late
Additional information about the Snowshoe WV resort will interest people attending the GNCC series here later this month. If you have the time to arrive at the mountain a few days early, you’ll want to catch the annual Wine and Jazz Festival conducted here between June 15th and June 16th. This regular event includes a formal wine tasting capped off by a magnificent Sunday morning brunch. Purchase tickets for events on Saturday and Sunday separately, or plan on attending both days (you can even opt to participate in the brunch alone).
The week following the GNCC series, visitors enjoy an opportunity to attend Community Appreciation Days conducted between June 28th and July 1st. The resort offers residents of nearby Randolph, Webster and Pocahontas Counties free weekend passes to participate in this celebration of Snowshoe Mountain. Local people attending the GNCC won’t want to miss this opportunity!
Affordable lodging can be sparse and difficult to find during this very popular event! It is suggested that you make a reservation well in advance of the event – ideally several months ahead of time. To check availability visit Mountaintop Condos or call (304) 355-9553.