in case of an accident call 304.572.5400

or alert any Snowshoe employee

play it safe

Make the most of your time in the Snowshoe Bike Park by playing it safe. Please take a few minutes to review the tips below.
The Snowshoe Bike Park is intended for downhill mountain biking and consists of trails that contain naturally rugged terrain and man made and natural features. A downhill specific mountain bike is recommended when riding the Snowshoe Bike Park.

All riders must possess a valid ticket or pass to enter the Bike Park. Before riding, always inspect your equipment or have it checked by a qualified mechanic.
  • Notice there are no top-to-bottom "easiest" trails on the Western Territory.
  • All trails within the Bike Park are for downhill biking only. No uphill traffic permitted.
  • Please stay on designated trails.
  • Trail features vary in size and difficulty.
  • Degree of difficulty ratings and symbols are relative to the Snowshoe Bike Park only.
  • Terrain and features change constantly due to weather, maintenance, usage, modification, and time of day.
  • Observe all posted signs and closures.
  • Do not use trails or features if you lack sufficient ability and/or experience. You may cautiously walk your bike if you feel you are on a trail or feature beyond your skill level.
  • Not all trails are checked or cleared on a continual basis. Report obstacles or hazards to Patrol or any Snowshoe employee.
  • You may encounter authorized and unauthorized motor vehicles, trail work crews, and construction areas: it is your responsibility to yield.

  • Ride under control, within your ability, and in such a manner that you can stop or avoid other people and objects.
  • Keep off all closed trails and closed areas; stay on marked trails.
  • Read and obey all signs and warnings.
  • Inspect trails and features before using or attempting.
  • Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above or to other riders.
  • Stop and look both ways before crossing roads.
  • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  • Slow or stop as necessary when overtaking other riders. Anticipate others at corners and blind spots. Slower riders yield to faster riders as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • Look uphill and yield to other riders when entering a trail or starting downhill.
  • Helmets are required while riding on Snowshoe Mountain trails.
  • Identify yourself to Patrol or any Snowshoe employee if you are involved in or are a witness to a collision or accident.
  • Don't enter the Bike Park or utilize the chairlift if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • You should have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to safely load, ride and unload the lift, and to ride the trails and features you choose.
  • Make sure your equipment is in proper working order.
  • Respect Snowshoe Mountain, its employees, other guests and property.
  • Trails or lifts may be temporarily closed due to weather, special events, construction, maintenance, or trail conditions. Check the daily trail report at the Mountain Adventure Center or the Depot for Bike Park and Lift information.
  • In the event of a weather hold the lifts will stop and shuttle buses will pick up riders at Arbuckle's Cabin (Western Territory) and the Boathouse (Basin).

know your limits

Always ride trails within your ability level. Familiarize yourself with these difficulty ratings and signs, as they are specific to Snowshoe Bike Park.
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Easiest

Moderate descents with obstacles such as rocks, gravel, roots, bridges, and water ditches. Must have ridden a bike before using these trails.

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Intermediate

Challenging riding with steep slopes and/or obstacles, possibly on narrow or elevated features with poor traction. Trails may contain bridges, drops, and jumps. Requires previous off-road riding experience.

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Advanced

These trails have a mixture of long, steep descents, loose trail surfaces, rocks, drops, numerous natural and man-made obstacles including jumps, ramps, and elevated features and other various terrain.

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Expert Only

Without exception, expert mountain bikers should be the only riders on these trails. Some of the elements you will encounter will be large, natural and man-made jumps, elevated narrow features, mandatory drops, long and steep terrain on loose or rocky surfaces.

observe all signage

Know what to expect around the bend. Be on the lookout for these signs.
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Drop

Indicates a drop requiring both tires to leave the ground to successfully clear.

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Gap Jump

Indicates a required, mandatory jump distance to clear an obstacle.

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Jump

Indicates a dirt jump or feature intended to lift the bike off the ground.

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Feature Ahead

Indicates an upcoming man-made wooden feature that may be elevated.

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Trails Merge

Indicates an upcoming merging of two trails.

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Trail Crossing

Indicates an upcoming crossing of two trails.