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Snowshoe Mountain Biking – Fun For All Ages

By on May 30, 2018

Snowshoe Mountain BikingSpring is in the air at Snowshoe Mountain, and that means miles of Snowshoe mountain biking trails to explore! With almost 40 mountain biking trails and 1,500 FT. of vertical descents, there are miles of beautiful, scenic, and challenging trails to explore. And if you’re not a pro, don’t worry – our trails cater to all ages and abilities, so you’ll always have a chance to challenge yourself or take it easy if you’re just learning to ride a mountain bike. Our premier bike park opens for the 2018 season on May 24, and we look forward to seeing you there!

If you’ve never visited Snowshoe Mountain before, now’s the perfect time to stop by. Snowshoe Mountain is located in Snowshoe WV, which resides in stunning Pocahontas County. The mountain is a ski resort in the winter time, but it changes to a mountain bike park from late spring through early fall. This means year-round outdoors fun for the entire family, and it makes the mountain a popular destination in all seasons. Snowshoe Mountain BikingA unique feature of our award-winning bike park, which is ranked one of the top bike parks on the East Coast and nationwide, is that it caters to, and welcomes, riders of all abilities.

Upon arriving, you’ll notice ski lifts that take you up both sides of the mountain. The steeper side of the mountain is called Western Territory. This area is a playground for expert and advanced mountain bikers. Harrowing descents, hairpin turns, and obstacle-laden trails are what you’ll find on this challenging side of the mountain. Some features are natural, but you’ll also find a number of man-made obstacles too, like challenging rock gardens and jumps. In fact, there’s even a separate trail, called Skyline, that’s packed with jumps. Skyline is a popular trail for intermediate riders and those wanting to do stunts, as it offers more gradual descents and lets riders practice getting air. Drops and gap jumps appear on some of our most technically challenging trails, such as Hareball Snowshoe Mountain Bikingand Pro DH. Be forewarned that these trails aren’t for the faint at heart! While the pros can go to town on the western slopes, the other side of the mountain is much more laid-back and beginner-friendly. If you’re new to Snowshoe mountain biking or if you’re bringing the family biking for the day, this side is a great place to start. This side is called the Basin Territory, and you can get there via the Ballhooter Lift. Although many of the Basin’s trails are beginner-friendly, there are some intermediate trails with more challenging terrain too, which makes it a perfect place to advance your Snowshoe mountain biking skills. Gentle slopes, easy grades, and fun flow trails, including the ever-popular Dreamweaver, are what riders will find on this side of the mountain.

If you think that Snowshoe mountain biking sounds fun, but you don’t have a bike of your own gear, worry not! We have plenty of mountain bikes for you to choose from, which you will find at the Mountain Adventure Center. We carry a number of Specialized bikes for riders of all ages and ability levels, which ensures a good fit for all. When you stop by the center, you’ll have a choice of downhill, freeride, and cross country bikes to choose from. Downhill bikes have a full suspension system for comfortable riding. They have a lower center of gravity than other types of mountain bikes, which makes them easier to steer. They’re also easier to control at higher speeds. Downhill bikes are quite durable too, snowshoe mountain bikingwhich means they can withstand rougher play. While downhill bikes are good for maintaining control going down steep slopes, freeride bikes are better for tackling obstacles on the trail, like going over jumps, rocks, and roots. They’re comparatively lighter and more agile than downhill bikes, which makes them a better choice for handling technical terrain. Many freeride bikes have shorter wheelbases than downhill bikes, which makes them easier to steer on more technical parts of trails. Cross Country bikes are another option for mountain bikes to rent. They’re made for cross country trails, which contain a combination of forested trails and smooth dirt trails. If you’re into road riding too, you can think of Cross Country bikes as the “cyclocross” equivalent of the mountain bike world. Cross Country bikes are some of the lightest weight bikes in the mountain bike family. Most have fork suspension systems, and some have rear suspension systems too. Ask about any of these bikes at our rental center, as well as options for children. Along with bicycles, we rent out protective equipment including full face helmets, protective pads for knees, shins, and elbows, and protective body suits. For convenience, you can call or go online to ask about our bikes and gear and reserve whatever bikes and equipment you need.

snowshoe mountain bikingAlong with rentals, we also offer mountain biking lessons and tours. Snowshoe mountain biking lessons range from teaching the basics to beginning mountain bikers to working one-on-one with advanced riders to develop new skills and techniques. One of the most popular classes for novice riders is Mountain Biking 101, which teaches riders the skills they need to ride through the park’s trails with confidence and ease. In addition to lessons, we offer mountain bike tours, which are popular with families, couples, and those wanting to check out the mountain’s most beautiful and scenic trails at a relaxed pace.

After a long day of skiing or riding, you’d be missing out without taking a lift up to the spectacular Snowshoe Mountain Village, where you can enjoy the other amenities that Snowshoe Mountain has to offer. Restaurants, hot tubs, bars, and shopping stores are some highlights of the village. At the end of the day, stop in to the resort’s spa for a luxury treatment like a facial or well-deserved hot stone massage. Get a delicious meal at the family-friendly Foxfire Grille, or head to the beautiful Raven Grille for an elegant dinner and drinks. Then, head on over to your own trail-side condo. For lodging, check out trail-side accommodations from Mountaintop Condos. Lockers available for rent (limited quantity).

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Mountain Biking in Snowshoe – Downhill Fun!

By on April 3, 2018

snowshoe wv mountain bikingSnowshoe Mountain Biking Park is at the top of its class, offering almost 40 trails, with a total of 1,500 feet of descent among them. Miles of gutsy downhill slopes or smoother, rolling hills are all found in the park. One can choose to take a predominately downhill, or a more cross-country route; it’s up to the rider. Navigate your own ideal mountain biking experience.

The idea of flying down mountain trails may seem daunting to a beginner. For such riders, the park offers guided tours, or private bike lessons, to warm one up to the sport. Experience level is not a factor at Snowshoe; everyone is confident and having a blast by the end of the day!

snowshoe wv mountain bikingRegardless of skill level- seasoned mountain biker, intermediate hobbyist, or thrill-seeker looking for a fun challenge- Snowshoe WV is home to one park that has everything one could look for. Take in the beauty of Pocahontas County from some of its most exciting downhill slopes.

Summer in Snowshoe is one of the most magnificent scenes any artist could portray. Clear mountain air, a beautiful lake, pine trees and prairie grass all meet up to form a breathtaking backdrop for your mountain biking experience, and the well-kept dirt trails add a rugged and athletic touch to its natural beauty.

Mountain Biking is Affordable at Snowshoe WV

snowshoe wv mountain bikingThe rush of mountain biking is affordable and easy in Snowshoe WV. You don’t have to be a mountain bike owner to be a mountain biker! One adult can hit the trail and ride all day on a professional downhill bike for only $149, and bring a child along for just another $59. Bike gear is available to rent for the day, maximizing your ride. Exciting hours of intense, athletic fun doesn’t have to hurt your wallet!

For more information on mountain biking in Snowshoe WV, visit the park’s website. For trail-side lodging at affordable pricing, visit Mountaintop Condos for great deals.

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Fall Fun in Snowshoe WV

By on September 20, 2017

Snowshoe-WV-Autumn-ColorsSnowshoe Mountain, in Snowshoe WV, may best be known across the country for being a premier winter wonderland – offering skiing and snowboarding as major activities during that season. The winter operations typically run from late November to mid-March. From May through September, the game changes at Snowshoe Mountain. Visitors can indulge in hiking trails of varying difficulty, river sports, golfing, rock climbing, mountain biking, or ‘beach bumming’ at Shavers Lake, which is at the base of Snowshoe Mountain. If one considers September and/or Labor Day weekend to usher in Autumn, then there is still a variety of fall fun in Snowshoe, West Virginia.


Lodging at Snowshoe Mountain is largely condominium in style.  For dining pleasure, the Waffle Cabin, Foxfire Grill, Cheat Mountain Pizza Company, and even Starbucks are open for business winter through summer and are all highly rated.


Snowshoe WV Freefall FestivalThe last weekend in September, Snowshoe hosted its second annual FreeFall Festival. A good-bye of sorts to the summer. Entertainment included concerts by regional performers, food, games and mountain bike competitions. During October and much of November, Snowshoe Mountain becomes a quiet respite for the most part, as staff prepare for the onset of the winter ski and snowboard season. Information concerning Snowshoe Mountain and the varied amenities offered can be found on line.




Snowshoe WV is situated in Pocahontas County with an estimated population of 2800 residents. Its setting is the Allegheny Mountains. Fall foliage is said to be quite pronounced during September and much of October. Fall fun beyond Snowshoe Mountain includes farmers markets, concert performances by regional performers to include the Braya Brass Band and singer Kim Kalman. Additionally, in early October is the Huntersville Tradition Days. This 2-day event commemorates an earlier time in Appalatian culture. A walking tour – or the same by horse-and-buggy offers one opportunity to view apple butter being made, wool spun, pony rides, and even help make sorghaum. One can find a calendar of events throughout the year by visiting the Pocahontas County web site. The county is also home to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, which hosts scheduled public tours and programs.




Fall fun in Snowshoe WV can be a perfect get-away for one needing a break from the mundane and/or stresses of daily life!

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Snowshoe Downhill Mountain Biking 2017 Race

By on July 9, 2017

Snowshoe Downhill Mountain BikingThe Snowshoe Downhill Mountain Biking race will be held at Snowshoe Ski Resort in Snowshoe WV, between July 17 and July 23. The championships include downhill, dual slalom, enduro or cross-country, and short track cross-country events. Three courses will be laid out on Cheat Mountain at the Snowshoe Ski Resort: the pro downhill course, the amateur downhill course, and the endurance course. Racers qualify at state and regional events throughout the year. Competitors are separated by male and female, age groups, and skill levels. Levels 2 and 3 compete in the non-championship events. Level 1 competitors are vying for the championship. The top 15 competitors in each group qualify to compete.

Race To Feature Variety Of Biking Styles

If you are not completely familiar with any of these events, here is a little background. Competitions at the Snowshoe Downhill Mountain Biking race are either endurance events or gravity-oriented such as the downhill. In downhill, competitors are timed as they race downhill individually. The person with the fastest time wins. The rough course includes jumps and drop-offs. Downhill bikes have a full suspension to provide a smooth ride, and the riders wear body armor, pads, and full-face helmets.

Dual slalom events pair two riders against each other on identical side-by-side courses. Riders weave in and out of gates as they descend the course. Then riders exchange courses and make a second run. The rider with the best time after two runs moves on to the next round. The other rider is eliminated.Snowshoe Downhill Mountain Biking

In Snowshoe Downhill Mountain Biking Cross-country events, all the competitors line up at the start line and take off at the same time. The course varies from unpaved fire roads to single lane areas with ruts, rocks, roots and changes in elevation. The course length is usually 16 to 22 miles for women and 22 to 28 miles for men. A race lasts about two hours. A cross-country bike has wide knobby wheels. Cross-country racing requires being alert to your surroundings, good bike-handling skills, and a driven, competitive nature.

Short Track Cross-Country is off-road racing on a short circuit It is an endurance event that gives spectators a chance to see more of the action. Short track races last about 20 minutes.

Schedule Of Events at Snowshoe Downhill Mountain Biking Race

July 17 

    – Practice

July 18

    – Practice, Qualifying for the non-championship Dual Slalom, and Finals for non-championship Downhill and Dual Slalom.

July 19

    – Practice, Finals for non-championship Cross-country, Qualifying for Dual Slalom championship, and Endurance championship stages 1 through 4.

July 20

    – Qualifying and Finals Dual Slalom championship, Cross-Country finals for some championship groups, and Endurance Championship stages 5 through 8.

July 21

    – Cross-Country finals, Seeding for Downhill finals, Finals for Dual Slalom Championship and Finals for Short Track Cross Country.

July 22

    – Finals for Downhill and Cross-Country in some age groups.

July 23

    – Finals for Downhill and Cross-Country.

Snowshoe Mountain Resort – Pocahontas County, WV

USA Cycling Snowshoe WVSnowshoe Ski Resort, in Pocahontas County, WV, is a great location for the 2017 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships because it is more than just a ski resort. It is a year-round destination with off-road tours, horseback riding, golf, swimming, other water activities, concerts, a spa, weddings, shopping, dining, lodging, and, of course, mountain biking. The bike park on Snowshoe Mountain has a 1,500 vertical foot descent and almost 40 trails with trails designed for first time riders, cross country lovers, and pro downhillers. They have trails for everyone. So plan to attend the 2017 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships and make Snowshoe WV your destination spot year-round.

 

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Snowshoe WV Mountain Biking Enduro Race

By on June 23, 2015

Snowshoe WV Mountain BikingIf you are into mountain bike racing, then you need to check out the Snowshoe WV Mountain Biking Enduro Race taking place in Snowshoe WV. If you have ever dreamed of entering a big racing competition, this is the one for you! The event will take place June 26-28, 2015 and will have several activities surrounding the 2-day main event.

The Snowshoe WV Mountain Biking race will begin on Saturday, June 27th at 10:30 am. Prior to the start of the race, last minute registration will be from 8:00am-10:00am. All riders will meet at the Village for last minute instructions at 10:15 am. There will be a Welcome Party for the riders after the first day’s events at 6:00pm.

  • Day 1 will consist of a 22 mile event that takes place in 4 phases with Day 2 covering 16.5 miles in 4 more phases. On-site registration will take place on Friday June 26th between 6:00pm-8:00pm. Registration fee on-site is $160 which includes your lift pass. If you have a season pass you can save $25. Early registration fee is $140.
  • The Snowshoe WV Mountain Biking race on Day 2 will begin at 10:00am with awards presented and a pizza party provided after the race. This promises to be a very exciting 2-day event and will be talked about by the Mountain Bike Association as the place to come for a great event in the world of Mountain Bike racing.

Snowshoe WV Mountain BikingIf you have never been to Snowshoe WV, you will be amazed at all the recreational activities and events that take place there throughout the year. Located 150 miles east of Charleston, WV, the Snowshoe Mountain Resort is located off State Road 66 between the towns of Walnut and Cass.

Snowshoe Mountain Resort offers recreational activity throughout the year, including Winter activities like snowmobiling tours, snow tubing parks, snow skiing and more. The Resort also includes plenty of summer activities with lakes, golf courses, zip lines, fishing, horseback riding and back-country trails throughout the area.

Make your plans to visit Snowshoe WV and you will have a great time watching these amazing riders as they race to the finish line in!

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Snowshoe Gravity Series 1&2

By on June 25, 2014

Snowshoe Gravity SeriesThe Snowshoe Gravity Series 1&2 is one of the premiere mountain bike races in the Mid-Atlantic, and is open to bikers of all skill levels. The series of races which will be hosted in Snowshoe WV will allow mountain bikers to test there skills against a course designed with several technical components and severe degrees of slope. Many of the step downs have bail out or alternative routes for bikers who are not yet comfortable with controlling their bikes during leaps and jumps. Many will find that the mountain side courses are very suited for even the most experienced mountain biker.

Beginners will also be able to enjoy the course as sections are designed for their skill levels while not diminishing the experience for the more skilled riders. Sections of the course branch off to less severe sloped areas and the trails for all of the riders are clearly marked and include a variety of elements which make the ride challenging. Riders will descend approximately 1500 feet of a severe vertical grade on a course cut along the Western Territory over two separate courses.

Snowshoe Gravity race one (1) will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014, while race two (2) will be on Sunday, June 29, 2014. Registration will be on Friday June 27, 2014. The schedule for each day of racing will be the same:

  • From 7:00AM to 10:00PM riders will be allowed last minute pick up of registration packages.
  • A practice run for all racers will be held at 9:00AM to 10:30AM.
  • Elite racers will have a dedicated practice run at 10:30AM to 12:00PM.
  • The starting list will be posted at 12:30PM with the first races beginning shortly afterwards.
  • The award ceremony for the day will be at 6:00PM in the village.

Snowshoe Gravity SeriesSnowshoe is located in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. The center of activity for the town is the Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort. The location is ideal for winter skiing as it is located in the Allegheny Mountains, and is in a bowl-shaped area created by the convergence of two ridges of high mountains (Cheat and Back Allegheny). The Village of Snowshoe is actually located on the summit of the mountains instead of its base. Snowshoe’s reputation is established for both its skiing in the winter as well as its mountain bike racing in the summer time. The areas has substantial sport-related development including bike trails, a golf course, recreational sites and cross-country racing courses.

Lodging is still available for this event by visiting www.mountaintopcondos.com or call (724) 252-7761.