Blue Knob All Seasons

Pennsylvania

An All Seasons Resort

Blue Knob All Seasons Resort is on the second highest mountain in Pennsylvania. Located in South-central part of the state between Altoona and Johnstown, Blue Knob is just a couple of hours from Washington, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg. The resort offers a casual atmosphere, scenic… More





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Livens64
Novice Reviewer
Reviews: 3
Had a good time. Weather was very warm. Place is not as bad as my score shows. Terrain has nice drop to it. Nothing scary but was fun.
Mar 11, 2016
ColleenHelm
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Reviews: 26
Ski good or eat wood.
Feb 19, 2013
ahamblet
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Reviews: 1
Blue Knob is a relatively unique mountain for Pennsylvania skiing and riding. The base elevation of just over 2000' is higher than most of the Pocono resorts' summit elevations. The altitude (3146' peak, highest in PA) and location of this mountain allow it to receive much more quality snow than is typical in PA. Blue Knob is a true throwback in many ways, some good and some not so good.

They offer perhaps the most challenging terrain in the state, with several true glade runs and a miniature bowl. The lower portion of the mountain is dominated by tight, steep black diamond runs, with accompanying glades. The upper mountain is home to the intermediate and beginner slopes. Their bunny slope (Snow Drop) is long, nicely graded, and located at the top of the mountain, making it an ideal trail for beginners. However, the rest of the mountain will require at least a basic familiarity with the fundamentals of skiing or snowboarding. The terrain, in my opinion, is part of what makes Blue Knob a throwback in the good sense.

The amenities are what make it a throwback in the bad sense. The lifts are ancient and dreadfully slow, not to mention there are only 4 of them. The quad at the beginner area is perfectly adequate, but the triple on the upper mountain and the two doubles at the lower mountain are less than inadequate. That's not to say they are a safety concern, just that they need to be replaced with high speed quads or something of the sort. The upper lodge clearly shows its age. I haven't tried any of the services offered there so I can't speak to their qualities. The base area warming hut listed on the trail map is no longer in operation and is a dilapidated eyesore. The mid-station BBQ shack is a nice little spot to grab a beer or a bite during the day, but with no indoor seating, you'll have to be content with staying outdoors. It's clear that the amenities suffer due to budgetary constraints. Without a major market within an hour drive, they simply don't sell enough tickets to be able to fund significant improvements. My guess is that the revenue stream barely supports their operations (operating lifts, making snow, lighting for night skiing, etc.) and any net profit is minimal.

However, there is some serious value to be found at Blue Knob. As I mentioned earlier, their terrain and snow quality is unique to PA. Furthermore, they offer several ski on/ski off lodging options that are quite cheap compared with other options in the mid-atlantic and mid-week lift tickets are significantly cheaper than any of their competitors. Also, due to its location, it is rarely busy. Even on weekends you won't experience half hour lift lines, which would be considered good in the Poconos.

My suggestion would be to keep an eye on the forecast and try to hit Blue Knob on a weekday just after a fresh storm. Another option is to take a long weekend and rent one of the trail side chalets. They are a great value whether your group is big or small and the mountain offers discounts for multi-day tickets. In all Blue Knob is a mountain with a great deal of potential that most likely, barring a serious influx of cash, will maintain its throwback status, for better or worse.
Jan 11, 2013
Sberry55
Advanced Reviewer
Reviews: 25
This place needs investors. Terrain is excellent for PA. You can walk uphill faster than lifts.
Jan 3, 2013
Irishevans
Advanced Reviewer
Reviews: 18
Some of the best PA riding.
Dec 11, 2012



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  • Had a good time. Weather was very warm. Place is not as bad as my score shows. Terrain has nice drop to it. Nothing scary but was fun.
    Ski good or eat wood.
    Blue Knob is a relatively unique mountain for Pennsylvania skiing and riding. The base elevation of just over 2000' is higher than most…

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