Blue Knob Four Seasons Resort
|Vertical drop:||1,072 feet|
|Longest run:||9,200 feet|
With a 1,072 foot vertical drop, an average annual snowfall of over 100 inches, and the most challenging terrain in the region, Blue Knob attracts plenty of skiers and snowboarders each winter. The Pennsylvania resort boasts the highest summit elevation of any ski resort in Pennsylvania - 3,172 feet. At this high elevation, precipitation during the winter is usually in the form of snow, and the snow sticks to the slopes well into spring. The high elevation and north-facing slopes also bring some chilly (and windy) temperatures - on a very cold day, Blue Knob is, well, very cold. Like West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort, Blue Knob is an “inverted” resort - the lodge and parking are found at the top of the mountain, so the first run down the mountain does not require a lift ride, and there’s always a temptation to take “one last run” at the end of the day.
Experts will find plenty of challenges at Blue Knob, from steep, narrow chutes to advanced glade and bowl trails - terrain uncommon for the Mid-Atlantic. Beginners will find easier trails at the top of the mountain; lower trails are for experts only. The bulk of Blue Knob’s terrain is most suited for advanced intermediates and advanced skiers.
Blue Knob has a Snowboard Park for the snowboarders, and also has a snow tubing park.
Most of the trails at Blue Knob are covered by snowmaking, but others rely on natural snowfall. 40% of trails are lit for night skiing, but as with most resorts in the region, trails can become icy after dark.
The natural snow cover can result in great conditions for cross country skiers, who will find plenty of trails. Sleigh rides are also offered in the winter.
Lodging options at Blue Knob include condominiums. Nearby Altoona and Bedford have other lodging options, such as hotels and bed and breakfasts. Food is available at the lodge and a restaurant/bar located near the condominiums.
In the summer of 2011, Blue Knob gave its lodge a face lift, and enhanced snowmaking by adding a new large pump and additional snow guns.
(Photos courtesy of Blue Knob Resort.)
Getting to Blue Knob Four Seasons Resort
|Wind Speed:||13 mph|
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News about Blue Knob
- December 27, 2012 - A shot of cold air and some natural snow has helped launch the 2012-2013 winter season in a big way. Find out the status of Mid-Atlantic ski areas.
- November 12, 2012 - What’s so great about glade skiing? Is it the adrenaline rush of a high speed slalom through the trees or maybe the seductive siren song of better, softer snow? DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney explores this question, while sharing his own favorite glades.
- October 22, 2011 - Season passholders at Hidden Valley Resort and Blue Knob Resort will be able to benefit from a new Passholder Exchange program for the 2011-2012 winter season.
- March 20, 2011 - Members of the DCSki.com and Epicski.com forums converged on Pennsylvania’s Blue Knob Resort in late February, enjoying the company of each other and snow-covered slopes. Jim Kenney provides this Firsthand Report and pictorial.
- March 7, 2010 - From February 19-21, 2010, members of the DCSki and Epicski on-line communities met in the physical world on the slopes of Pennsylvania’s Blue Knob resort, enjoying conditions and camaraderie fit for the record books. Rob Davis provides this Firsthand Report.
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