“40+ trails, 1,500ft vertical, and a 4-minute high-speed chairlift ride so you can do it 20 more times. No wonder the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup has chosen Snowshoe’s Bike park to host events there three times. Featuring machine-shaped trails from green to double-white-knuckle, there’s guaranteed to be a berm, rock-garden and gap jump for everyone’s appetite.”
The Snowshoe Bike Park in West Virginia offers some of the best lift-accessed mountain biking in the mid-Atlantic. I really enjoyed my two days of riding there in late September. The leaves were starting to change and the temperatures were in the upper 50s, which made for perfect riding conditions.
The mountain has a great vibe and was definitely friendly toward all ability levels. I never got the sense that I was out of place, which can be the case sometimes when you are surrounded by rippers! Everyone I encountered was very friendly and welcoming, from the staff to the riders.
There are only a couple of beginner trails at Snowshoe, so it’s best suited for intermediate riders and above. What sets Snowshoe apart from other bike parks is the steep, technical, and rocky terrain including the world cup downhill course, which you can try for yourself! If flow trails are your thing, there are a few trails that will knock your socks off. These include Skyline, Dirt Beaver, and Dream Weaver. If you are a beginner and find yourself at Snowshoe, they do offer lessons for beginner riders!
After talking to several people throughout my two days at Snowshoe, it seemed like visitors came from all over the eastern United States. The most common places people came from were Ohio, North Carolina, and Virginia. On average people drove about five hours to get to the bike park. If you are interested in visiting Snowshoe, check out their website for more information on lift tickets, hours of operation, and opening/closing dates. I recommend making a trip for those of you in the mid-Atlantic or East Coast region!