If You Like Mountain Biking You’ll Love Snowshoe Bike Park
Riding at the Snowshoe Bike Park is………Awesome! Generally we find a trail that we love to ride and we keep riding it over and over. At Snowshoe we didn’t find “A Trail” we found several. Featuring the largest trail system in the east, Snowshoe is a bikers playground. The park is broken down into the Basin Area and the Western Territory, both with lift service to over 40 trails. The Basin Area offers the parks only green or Easy Street trail which is excitingly fast and flowing, but it’s designed for beginners so you don’t have to worry about going slow and getting run over. If you’re new to downhill mountain biking you can ride this over and over and build your skills and your speed on every ride. Unless you’re an expert we always recommend riding each parks green trail first to see what they consider easy. The trails here are very well marked. Every table top, jump or feature will have a flag or a sign so you know what’s coming, no last second guessing what your about to hit, sit back and send it.
Awesome Flow, Awesome Tech….or Both
Snowshoe Bike Park has something for everyone. If you like lots of flow and big air you will love Skyline, almost 4 miles in length and 1,500’ in vertical this trail is machine built to pump out the speed and send table top after table top all the way down the mountain. It is extremely hard to control your ear to ear grin from riding Skyline as it’s a roller coaster of endless adrenaline filled fun! As excellent as the trails are, some of the best memories about this amazing bike park are the people we met and the new friendships we made.
Looking for some technical riding? Upper & Lower Dreamweaver are the next step up from Easy Street with a good mixture of flow and light technical terrain. It had rocks, gravel, tight switchbacks, fast flowy sections, and wooden bridges to make it a thrilling challenge. If these don’t have enough “tech” for you try the harder intermediate trails M and O, or just try testing your skills at the sick elevated skinny teeter-totter on the Black Diamond J Trail. There’s a ton of trail we didn’t even get to ride as it was above our level but don’t worry there’s enough to entertain most if not all riders.
The Perfect Ride?
The almost perfect mix of trails at Snowshoe Bike Park is Ninja Bob to Ball-N-Jack to Powerline. These trails had it all. Ninja Bob offers flow and challenging technical terrain mixed together with a few small optional mandatory jumps. This trail gives the intermediate rider the ability to push their technical skills while charging down the mountain at a manageable steepness. Upper Ball-N-Jack is where you can open it up to send a few table tops and scream down some steeper berms. Lower Ball-N-Jack is a super rocky, super chunky section of large loose rock and gravel that lasts a few hundred yards. This section will test your balance and control. Once you hit Powerline it’s time to open it up again with fast berms and table tops and a few rocks thrown in for fun. If you want to step it up the second time around try Missing Link instead of Ball-N-Jack for some extremely steep sweeping berms and jumps. In the beginning I said I didn’t have a favorite I rode over and over and that’s true. While I love the triple combo above I was still torn between that and Skyline on the Western Side or Upper and Lower Dreamweaver or some of the harder tech on the main side.
We highly recommend Snowshoe Bike park for your downhill adventures
At Snowshoe There’s More to Do Than Just Ride
Don’t worry if the whole family doesn’t dig downhill mountain biking, there are numerous adventures at Snowshoe! You can grab a Fun Pass that gives you access to Shavers Lake with canoes, paddle boats, sit on top kayaks and stand up paddle boards. We both enjoyed a nice relaxing paddle on the SUPs to give our legs a needed rest from the downhill. If you’re looking for some crazier watersports check out the inflatable floating trampolines and slides in the beach area. Your Fun Pass also gives you access to the zipline, eurobungy, & climbing wall. Kelly gave it the girl scout try on the climbing wall but the crazy kids bested her each time. She eventually conquered the easy wall after failing off the expert route, all in all it was a blast. The adventure doesn’t stop there though, Snowshoe offers a Mountain Adventure Pass that gives you access to Off-road Razor tours, Segway tours and Clay Sport shooting. The summer fun continues with an incredible list of Special Events like free concerts, festivals, and exciting race series. It’s easy to see why Snowshoe is your all in one stop for endless summer fun.
We got to experience the mountain come alive during one of their events, the Freefall Festival. This incredible 3 day event kicked off with a craft beer festival. In our opinion there was no better way to start a festival then with delicious beer and free live music! For only $18 we got 10 tasting tickets! The beer choices were endless and so were the size of the tastings it seemed. We got to taste not only West Virginia craft brews but nationally recognized breweries like Bell’s and Dogfish Head too. As falls is just around the corner the pumpkin beers and porters were out in full force. The double IPA by Big Timbers and the Imperial Pumpkin Ale Headless Wylie by Rivertowne were our favorites, from what I remember, lol.
The Freefall Festival was packed with endless opportunities to have a legendary weekend. There was yoga, pump track, zorbing on the water, slacklining, hula hoop demonstrations, guides hikes, and great bands! The weekend ended with a spectacular fireworks show that left everyone cheering for more.
What to Know Before You Go
Downhill and All Mountain Bikes are available for rent as well as full face helmets and body armor. There is also a full service bike shop for any repairs you might need on your bike. I had an issue with my dropper post and they fixed it in 30 minutes on a Holiday Weekend.
Bike Park Info
* If you’re wanting to try Downhill they have a great deal. A 1.5 hour lesson, downhill rental with armor and lift service during the lesson for $50.
Snowshoe is pretty remotely located. Buy your groceries before you get there. They have a small store Wildcat Provisions if you forget something but it’s pricey. They do have a good beer selection. There are several delicious restaurants on site if you’re not into cooking.
There is a potable water spicket in the middle of the main lot across from the village. It is near the small wooden building and has a blue handle.
During the Summer you can bring your van, truck camper or RV and park at Snowshoe. Most summer weekends it will be okay to park in the main lot in the very back out of the way. On some occasions you might have to park at Silvercreek which is a 2-3 minute drive down the road. If you’re looking for a hotel room or condo you can check rates and availability HERE. Unfortunately there is no camping available at Snowshoe right now, maybe soon.
At&T provides the only cell phone coverage. There is WIFI at Starbucks and the Shavers Center.
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Snowshoe Mountain Resort
10 Snowshoe Drive
Snowshoe, West Virginia 26209