|Vertical drop:||1,072 feet|
|Base elevation:||2,100 feet|
|Peak elevation:||3,172 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. Blue Knob hasn’t seen a lot of capital improvements in recent years, making it a somewhat rustic resort. That is part of its appeal for some, but others wouldn’t mind seeing some modernization.
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. Blue Knob also offers a 9-hole golf course and hosts weddings.
Photo provided by Blue Knob All Seasons Resort.
|Resort Name:||Blue Knob All Seasons Resort|
|Vertical Drop:||1,072 feet|
|Base Altitude:||2,100 feet|
|Peak Altitude:||3,172 feet|
|Longest Run:||9,200 feet|
|Lifts:||7 (2 triples, 2 doubles, 3 surface)|
|Estimated Distances from Major Cities|
|Baltimore, MD||2 hours, 50 minutes||164 miles|
|Washington, DC||2 hours, 55 minutes||161 miles|
|Arlington, VA||2 hours, 55 minutes||160 miles|
|Richmond, VA||4 hours, 30 minutes||259 miles|
|Pittsburgh, PA||2 hours, 5 minutes||108 miles|
|Harrisburg, PA||2 hours, 5 minutes||120 miles|
|Philadelphia, PA||3 hours, 45 minutes||222 miles|
|Charleston, WV||4 hours, 25 minutes||279 miles|
|Raleigh, NC||7 hours, 10 minutes||435 miles|
|Charlotte, NC||7 hours, 45 minutes||467 miles|
|Wind Speed:||17 mph||Sunrise:||7:04 a.m.|
|Barometer:||29.72 in||Sunset:||7:07 p.m.|
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