Anyone with personal info in terms of this year's BK snowmaking? We've heard plenty of complaints concerning other aspects of Blue Knob's business, let's keep this thread on topic and just discuss the snow making.
Thanks in advance.
Having said that normally the rotation is Lower High HOpes, Extrovert, and then Stemboggen. THey haven't made snow on Lower 66 but I believe it is possible. I remember skiing on Lower 66 a few years ago and it was quite evident that they had made snow on it since the only other lower mountain trail that was open was Lower High Hopes.
Finally, while Blue Knob doesn't have any blacks open, Expressway and especially Deer Run would be considered blacks at any other resort in the mid atlantic. Deer Run has a fairly steep continuous pitch that goes for a pretty good vertical. It reminds me a lot of a longer version of squirell's cage at Wisp.
If anyone were to ever invest in good snowmaking at Blue Knob, and allow Blue Knob to open its best terrain, it would really make the mountain something special. IN the mean time dont be fooled they have just as much "expert terrain" open as 7 springs does. While the blacks may not be open, some of their blues are just as difficult.
As for the rest of the trails, normally the cover is pretty good. Certainly if there's a thaw the cover wont be as good as 7 springs. Having said that the cover right now is pretty good, the Stemboggen bowl is open as well Stemboggen trail. Its interesting that they haven't opened Extrovert, but I'd imagine that will be next. When Extrovert opens, Blue Knob will have all of its snowmaking trails open for business. Not bad at all. ANything else that may open would just be gravy.
I can guarantee that they have once before made snow on Lower 66. I was there one season, I belive it was 1999, and the only two lower mountain trails that were open were Lower High Hopes and Lower 66. THat means that they had to make snow on Lower 66 as there was not enough natural snow for it to be open.
So it *is* possible to "make snow" on an unspigoted trail. I'm not saying whether BK did it or not, just that it can be done.
ONe definately needs to use common sense in skiing the upper glades at BK, be able to manuever around obstacles, and realize as with any glades, its very possible that underbrush can beat up your skis. Thats glade skiing my friends, whether its at Jay, Aspen, or BK. Hazards exist, and one must be cautious.
GLades or natural trails in the mid atlantic are almost always going to be slightly dangerous to your skis. The mid atlantic rarely gets a large enough natural snow base to cover all of the obstacles underneath. Having said that the best trails are often the natural ones, as snowmaking cannot be placed on them due to them being to narrow, steep or windy.