The Western Territories route is a great way to link up both intermediate and advanced terrain on the western side of Snowshoe Mountain Bike Park. The ride features everything from steep technical sections of rocks and roots to the berms, rollers and tables that define new flow-style gravity riding.
This route is part of the Snowshoe Bike Park and requires a lift pass to access the trails.
The trails in the bike park are downhill style trails with rugged terrain and man-made features. A long-travel mountain bike, full face helmet and pads are all recommended.
The Western Territories run starts at the top of the lift. Drop into the main trail and then turn quickly onto 10 Gallon
. This is a technical introduction to the tight trees, roots and rocks that are plentiful on this side of the bike park. The first part of 10 Gallon
pops out of the trees and comes to a very BIG feature. If you're an expert rider, try the road gap. If not, descend the option to the right. From here there is a section of rocks drops into a right-hand berm. Merge into Skyline
Pedal the very top section of Skyline
and then turn right to drop into Judi Chop
, a quick hit of technical rocky and roots moves that gets you to a merge into the trails. Stay right to ride Ninja Bob
, a trail that throws a little bit of everything at you.
After the initial descent, the route turns right traverses north, winding its way through rocks and roots, transitioning downhill with a technical move over a small boulder.
The lower section of Ninja is fast and furious with a mix of carving singletrack, quick berms, and roots and rocks.
Stay right at the intersection of Missing Link
to continue the ride on an advanced connection along the northern edge of the Western Territories side of Snowshoe.
This part of the ride is characterized steep and deep berms pushed out on the edge of a steep hillside. From the intersection with Ninja Bob
, Missing Link
drops in quickly to the first series of deep berms and then screams downslope to the next.
The middle section of the trails has some long sections of contouring singletrack across steep hillsides and big trees. Expect a few rollers and tabletops through here.
The bottom section of Missing Link
finishes strong with another series of tightly linked giant berms.
Stay right again at the intersection with Sweet Dream
to access Powerline
, a fast-paced and action-packed experience. Similar to Missing Link
, the berms and rollers are plentiful but without the steep slopes.
with two big berms and then scream across an extended stretch of trail as the forest opens up. From here there are long runs of traversing singletrack punctuated by intermediate rollers and tabletops.
Navigate a few more berms before merging with Skyline
just before reaching the bottom of the mountain. Pedal out of the trees and catch the lift back up to the top.