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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.

Beartown State Park

Why You’ll Want to Visit Beartown State Park

By on April 10, 2017

Beartown State ParkBeartown State Park, located near Snowshoe WV, contains 107 acres of natural area on Droop Mountain’s eastern summit. The main objective of the park is to preserve nature and not to over-develop the region. A boardwalk provides visitors easy access to the area. Visitors are able to walk along the boardwalk to view the various rock formations throughout the park. Basic facilities are available for the visitors’ convenience. Signs included on the boardwalk guide people through the area’s points of interest.




This park is open each day from April through October. Visitors can enjoy boating, fishing and swimming in Benedict Pond during the warm months. In addition, they can traverse the trails to see the various wildlife species in the park that include such animals as bobcats, deer and black bears. There also is a wide assortment of wildflowers, shrubs and other plants to behold.




This park closes for the winter season. However, you can still walk on the boardwalk throughout the cold, winter months. In addition, visitors can traverse through the wilderness areas using snowshoes, skis and other snow gear. Regardless of the season, the park is free to enter.

Why the Name Beartown?

The local residents named this park Beartown because of the many openings in the rock formations, which bears may use as winter dens for hibernation. In addition to these cave-like openings, there are narrow, deep crevasses that create a crisscross pattern similar to streets in a city.




Park is Famous for Unique Rock Formations

Beartown State ParkBeartown State Park is famous for its unique rock formations made up of droop sandstone. This stone came about during the Pennsylvanian Age. Overhanging cliffs, deep crevasses and massive boulders await visitors of this park. Vegetation amazingly grows in the cracks of these rock formations. Snow and ice remain into late summer some years in the deeper crevasses.




This park is full of natural beauty and nature lovers everywhere should take advantage of the chance to explore this interesting park. People make return visits to this park and find something new each time they visit. It is one of our favorite places to enjoy nature. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes with traction as some places become slippery when wet. Come see it for yourself today!

The Monongahela National Forest, a Rugged Beauty

By on November 7, 2013

Monongahela-National-ForestThe Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia is a national treasure everyone should experience at least once in their lifetimes, particularly if you are visiting nearby Snowshoe WV. Located on the eastern border of the state of West Virginia in the Allegheny Mountain Range, it is 1,439 square miles of natural paradise. The Monongahela National Forest has over 800 miles gorgeous trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking, nearly 600 miles of trout streams, picnic areas, 2 observation towers, 2 visitor centers, plenty of places for tent camping and charming, rustic cabins for visitors as well. With abundant wildlife, rugged mountain vistas, shady forest streams and hundreds of miles of natural beauty, it’s well worth a visit.
 
If you like hiking, the Monongahela National Forest has trails for all levels of experience and ability for you to enjoy. One good hiking area is the Blackwater Canyon. Located in the Blackwater Falls State park and part of the larger National Forest, it has many great trails for hiking, backpacking, cross country skiing and has a bike path across the center of the canyon as well. Another is the North Fork Mountain. It has an approximately 22 mile trail along the ridge of the mountain with breathtaking views of the German Valley and mountain ridges beyond. There is also the famous Dolly Sods Wilderness, which can be seen from the North Fork Mountain, and is another wonderful place to explore. It has a few trails for hikers to use, but its lush, scenic beauty is great of off trail backpacking.
 
Monongahela-National-ForestThe Monongahela National Forest has a variety of camping options for visitors, too. There are places for RV camping, campground camping, dispersed and group camping, but best of all there are cabin rentals available. The Middle Mountain Cabins are charming, rustic wood cabins on an open grassy area near a small pond. It’s an idyllic way to spend a week out in the wild. Be sure to make reservations early for any camping plans you may have, as the campgrounds fill up fast.
 
While you enjoy the rough beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, with all its forests, rivers, and wildlife, remember to tread lightly and pack out what you bring in. As they say, “Take only pictures and leave only memories.” The Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia is a treasure that belongs to us all, so it’s up to us to maintain its pristine splendor.