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Blue Knob Four Seasons Resort

Claysburg, Pennsylvania

Vertical drop:1,072 feet
Skiable acres:100
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.)

Key Statistics

Resort Name: Blue Knob Four Seasons Resort
Vertical Drop: 1,072 feet
  • 6
  • 14 intermediate
  • 14 advanced
  • Skiable Acres: 100
    Longest Run: 9,200 feet
    Lift Capacity: 5,200 per hour
    Lifts: 7 (2 triples, 2 doubles, 3 surface)
    Night Skiing: Yes, on 40% of terrain
    Terrain Park: Yes
    Halfpipe: (No halfpipe)
    Tubing Park: Yes
    Address: P.O. Box 247
    Claysburg, PA 16625
    Phone: (800) 458-3403 or (814) 239-5111
    Latitude: 40.293537
    Longitude: -78.561773
    Links: http://www.blueknob.com/
    7:53 am on March 31 / Altoona, Altoona-Blair County Airport
    37° F
    Wind Speed:6 mph
    Barometer:29.85 in
    Dewpoint:26 °F
    Visibility:10.00 mi
    Sunrise:6:02 a.m.
    Sunset:6:36 p.m.
    Excellent snowmaking conditions right now. 

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    Snow Conditions at Blue Knob:
    Blue Knob
    Mar 29, 2015 at 10 am
    -" base of 34 trails open
    of 5 lifts open

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    Reader Comments about Blue Knob

    Michael Linkroum
    2 years ago
    Never been there and I live way down by Charlotte,too far,but judging by the reviews and trail map it would be my stomping grounds if I lived in any of the mid Atlantic cities like DC,Balt,Pitt,Philly.Appears to be a skiers mountain and not a resort like 7 Springs or Snowshoe,which is a big bonus!One of these days when I get more $$,I’m making a long road trip to hit Timberline and Blue Knob all in one trip!Of course it will have to be after lots of natural snow has fallen!
    2 years ago
    I just returned from a powder weekend at blue knob.

    Group of three skied two days and lodged one night for under $150 each for everything. The condos are definitely dated. However very liveable and the linens ok. Note the condos are 5 min drive from the main lodge - not ski in ski out. There are however 2 bar/resaurants walking distance from the large condo complex.

    The actual lodge is kind of small, foods decent, but the bar is tiny and not super charismatic.

    The mountain is nice, the runs are long, there are some legit steep black runs. Nice Skiiable glades, which were still very bony but I got some good pow turns out of it.

    The drive from DC was very easy, 3.5Hrs. All Interstate until the last 20-30 min. Despite several inches of snow within 24 hours the highways were completely clear. Only the last part climbing the mountain (15min) was snow covered but cleared enough to be fine even in my small FWD car.

    I’d say this or timberline are my favs in the area for cost/performance/distance from dc.
    Chimney Ridge TC
    2 years ago
    Anyone have any info on backcountry skiing, I am exploring the trails on foot and documenting what Im doing but I am curious has anyone ever made a map of the off-piste skiing at Blue Knob. Thanks!
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