Downhill Mountain Biking in Snowshoe, WV
Two weeks ago a couple friends and I headed up to Snowshoe Bike Park in WV for a weekend of downhill mountain biking. This was my first trip downhilling, but I generally do 3-4 days of cross-country mountain biking each week. The allure of downhill biking is a combination of lift access, big bikes, speed, and lots of jumps. Snowshoe was running two lifts to shuttle riders (and bikes) back up the mountain to access 1500 vertical feet of rocks, roots, and dirt jumps. Both sides of the mountain were open and the weather was fantastic all weekend.
Saturday morning was a little bit sketchier than normal since it rained a lot on Friday. This meant slippery roots and rocks and lots of mud. The first few runs were pretty crazy for me and we all had our fair share of crashes on the slippery wood. As the day went on, the trails dried out and things were a bit more sane in the afternoon. We had fantastic weather all weekend as it was in the mid-70s, sunny, and breezy. I couldn’t imagine wearing all of that gear if it was much hotter than that.
All of us made it through Saturday without any major injuries and slept well that night. Sunday we got up to the mountain early and kicked off the morning with the important Starbucks Doubleshot. Riding on Sunday was a lot better since we were more comfortable with the (dry) trails and our bikes. Dave had a couple bad crashes and decided to take it easy in the afternoon and filmed some runs. I put together an edit of our trip. Check it out:
I also uploaded an unedited version of my favorite trail “Powerline”. Make sure to watch the videos in HD!