Snowshoe Gearing Up for a Monumental Summer Season

Snowshoe Mountain in Pocahontas County is busy preparing for what resort officials are calling their “biggest summer yet”. Several new marquee events highlight the summer calendar, including the 2019 Mercedes Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Finals and the inaugural 4848’ Music Festival.

In addition to the action-packed event schedule and wide range of activities, the resort has also unveiled new offerings and bike park expansion plans. Snowshoe will open for daily summer operations on Thursday, May 23.

What’s New for Summer 2019?

– 2019 Mercedes Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Finals (September 6-8)
The UCI MTB World Cup returns to US soil for the first time in several years. Mountain bike racers and fans from all over the world will be travelling to West Virginia for the final stop on the 2019 World Cup circuit. The event will feature cross-country racing in addition to the intense downhill racing that Snowshoe is well known for.

4848 Festival by All Good Presents (July 11-13)
This inaugural festi-vacation is brought to you by All Good Presents and may just change the way you see music festivals. Expect an incredible combination of traditional festival vibes, all the awesome amenities and spectacular surroundings of Snowshoe, and a phenomenal line up (including Greensky Bluegrass, Umphrys McGee, and lots more).

Backcountry E-Bike Tours
Snowshoe’s newest summer offering is a 2-hour tour through the 11,000 acre Snowshoe backcountry on a full suspension, pedal-assisted, electric mountain bike. If you’ve never ridden an e-bike, this is your chance to see what all the buzz is about. Tours will be $69 per person, and will begin at 10AM and 2PM daily (starting May 23).

Bike Park Expansion Plans
Snowshoe will be building a new bike trail this summer, as part of their 2019 capital improvements plan. The new trail, located in the Basin, will be designed to help novice mountain bikers build their skills.

“Expert mountain bikers love Snowshoe, and for good reason, but to continue to grow the sport we need to make it just as fun and accessible for beginners and intermediates as it is for the pros” said Ken Gaitor, Director of Mountain Operations. “We already have a fantastic beginner trail, Easy Street, and this new trail we’re building this summer is going to give riders a clear, next trail to tackle once they’ve mastered Easy Street. It gives them another step up in progression before moving on to our true intermediate trails.”

2019 Snowshoe Summer Event Schedule

May 3 Raven Golf Club Opening Day
May 23 Snowshoe Bike Park Opening Day
May 23-27 Memorial Day Celebration (Fireworks May 25)
May 25 Winefest
May 27 Community Appreciation Day

June 6-9 Wanderlust Yoga & Mindful Living Festival
June 14 Snowshoe Foundation Golf Tournament
June 22-23 GNCC Race Weekend
June 29 Community Appreciation Day
June 29-30 Downhill Southeast MTB Race

July 4-6 Homegrown Music Festival (Fireworks July 6)
July 19-21 4848 Festival by All Good Presents
July 15-16 Women’s Mountain Bike Camp
July 26-27 Blues, Brews, & BBQ Festival

August 3 Treasure On The Mountain
August 8-11 International Bowhunters Organization World Shoot-Off
August 30-Sept. 2 Labor Day Celebration

September 2 Community Appreciation Day
September 6-8 Mercedes Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Finals September 21-22 West VA Mountain Bike Association (WVMBA) Enduro Championship

October 13 Closing Day (For Bike Park, Golf, and Resort Operations)

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Matt is a lifelong resident of the High Country - where he still resides with his wife and son in Roan Mountain, TN. After graduating from East Tennessee State University in 2010 and prior to joining the Appnet family in 2013, he worked for four years as the sports information director at a local Christian college. Matt also has worked for a variety of local newspapers as a sports writer and photographer - something that he still does in the evenings and weekends. In addition to writing and photography, Matt enjoys all types of sports, cooking and traveling.