Lovely, Dark, and Deep: Riding Snowshoe’s Deepest and Darkest Trails

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Shawn Cassel of Snowshoe Mountain and Brice Shirbach of Pinkbike collaborated to make this short film about riding the deepest and darkest trails from the legendary East Coast MTB resort.

When the snow melts on Snowshoe, the bike park comes to life, offering nearly 40 trails and 1,500 feet of descent to riders of all skill levels. From downhill jump and flow trails to technical backcountry biking, they have something for everyone. In this short film, we get to see the lovely, dark, and deep side of Snowshoe. Who wants to go for a ride?

From Snowshoe Mountain Resort:

Stan’s No Tubes athlete Brice Shirbach has always interpreted this poem to mean that while the narrator is enamored with his stunning, deep woods surroundings, he cannot afford to indulge them for long as is evidenced by the impatient rustling of his horse. Robert Frost’s poem has long struck a chord with Brice, particularly as it pertains to his affinity for the wonders of the forest. While the subject of Frost’s prose might not intend to revel in the forest for long, Brice is intent on doing just that in the forests of Snowshoe, WV. The ancient hills that surround this place no longer reach the same heights as they used to, but it’s a place that even when Brice needs to take his bike and body elsewhere, his mind never wanders far from. Snowshoe is much more than a bike park – it’s a gateway to Appalachia epitomized, aged to perfection and full of lovely, dark, and deep trails.

FYI, the song is Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective and it’s pretty darn catchy if you ask me!


Justin Forrest is an outdoor writer, fly fishing addict, and co-founder of Narrative North—based in Asheville, N.C. He posts pictures of cats and fishing on Instagram sometimes.

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