Timberline Four Seasons, W.Va., has an array of offerings for riders of varying skill – from seven distinct runs down the mountain's 1,000 feet of vertical to novice cross-country trails that begin at the base and head out.
J.R. Nolan, the resort's mountain bike manager, said, "The Canaan Valley has a rich history in mountain biking. This entire valley, and Timberline in particular, hosted the first 24-Hour Race. They're world famous events, and our riding is on many of those same trails."
Nolan said the trails off the summit are challenging, and long. He timed a top sport athlete at 11 minutes coming down one run, an eternity in downhill bike racing.
"The best way to phrase it is that for our lift-serviced runs, riders should have a lot of cross-country experience. A longer-travel bike is definitely better, and protection should be full face, elbows and knees," he said.
Timberline's season runs from spring until the weather forces riders off the trails.
Full-day bike rentals are $25 for adults, $15 for juniors under 12. Half-day rentals are $15 and $10. Additional days are $20 and $10. Hourly rentals cost $10 and $7.
All-day lift tickets cost $23, or $15 with a bike rental. Single rides are $9, or $4 for children 6-12. Kids under 6 are free. Scenic rides for those without bikes are $7.