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Photos from Blue Knob (PA) 1 February 2007

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Posted: Feb 05, 2007 - 1:48 PM GMT

Here are some more photos from Blue Knob, as a follow-up to the earlier thread, Where Did I Ski Today?.

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More photos from Blue Knob (PA). I'll let the pics and captions tell the story.
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Posted: Feb 05, 2007 - 3:08 PM GMT

Great Pics, Looks like a nice place. Always wanted to get out there but its not located well for me. If I'm going to travel that many hours I'm going in a different direction (North).

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Posted: Feb 05, 2007 - 9:14 PM GMT

very cool pics! thanx for putting them up.....brian o

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Posted: Feb 06, 2007 - 2:24 AM GMT

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Thanks for the great pics. I was actually thinking about heading out there for the weekend. I live about three hours away from there and was wondering if it is worth the drive? Is the mountain pretty challenging or does it get boring quick? Also I was thinking of taking my wife and wondered if they have many beginner trails? Thanks
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Posted: Feb 06, 2007 - 4:44 AM GMT

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Thanks for the great pics. I was actually thinking about heading out there for the weekend. I live about three hours away from there and was wondering if it is worth the drive? Is the mountain pretty challenging or does it get boring quick? Also I was thinking of taking my wife and wondered if they have many beginner trails? Thanks

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Gahskier, I really liked the variety of runs that Blue Knob (BK) offers for novice, intermediate and expert skiers. For true beginners, there is a very, very gentle run and a separate chairlift. Once your wife gets the hang of things, Mambo Alley and Runout can take her down the mountain, but those routes might not be suitable for Day One. I'm an intermediate skier, although I'll try most blacks at least once and I live on them at Wintergreen in VA. I found plenty of variety the day I visited BK. True experts would have been disappointed that one of BK's two best-known expert runs, called Extrovert, had not yet opened...but it is open now. Ski tickets are also reasonably priced.

That's the upside of Blue Knob. Here are the downsides I noticed. Don't expect luxury and pampering, b/c it's not that kind of ski area. The road can be a tough climb in snowy conditions. The summit area (where the beginners' chair, parking lot and lodge are) can be windy and/or icy. The food is basic--not yukky, but not yuppie, either. The vertical is slightly over 1000 feet, which is fine by mid-Atlantic standards but run-of-the-mill further northeast.

Blue Knob appeared on my radar screen a year ago. I waited until conditions were good-plus before I went for my first visit last week. It paid off and I had a great time. You might want to check the DCSki.com website for posts and articles re. Blue Knob; several were quite helpful to me.

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Posted: Feb 06, 2007 - 5:46 AM GMT
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Gahskier, I really liked the variety of runs that Blue Knob (BK) offers for novice, intermediate and expert skiers. For true beginners, there is a very, very gentle run and a separate chairlift. Once your wife gets the hang of things, Mambo Alley and Runout can take her down the mountain, but those routes might not be suitable for Day One. I'm an intermediate skier, although I'll try most blacks at least once and I live on them at Wintergreen in VA. I found plenty of variety the day I visited BK. True experts would have been disappointed that one of BK's two best-known expert runs, called Extrovert, had not yet opened...but it is open now. Ski tickets are also reasonably priced.

That's the upside of Blue Knob. Here are the downsides I noticed. Don't expect luxury and pampering, b/c it's not that kind of ski area. The road can be a tough climb in snowy conditions. The summit area (where the beginners' chair, parking lot and lodge are) can be windy and/or icy. The food is basic--not yukky, but not yuppie, either. The vertical is slightly over 1000 feet, which is fine by mid-Atlantic standards but run-of-the-mill further northeast.

Blue Knob appeared on my radar screen a year ago. I waited until conditions were good-plus before I went for my first visit last week. It paid off and I had a great time. You might want to check the DCSki.com website for posts and articles re. Blue Knob; several were quite helpful to me.

Enjoy,
Woody


Woody,
Thanks for the pics!
Base on your review and pics, it appears that very little has changed since I was there except for an addition to the lodge, the addition of some glades, and new chairs on the lifts.
I can vouch that Extrovert is a challenging trail. I remember coming around a bend onto it for the first time too fast and did a 3/4 yard sale IIRC. Lots of big bumps.
This is a true up-side-down area. The lodge is literally at the very top of the mountain. From your pics it doesn't look like they've planted many (any?) trees for wind blocks. It wouldn't be my first choice on a windy day! That is a tough access road, but it still only rates #2 on the list to the one for Beech Mtn., NC!
Blue Knob is sort of in the middle of nowhere for day trippers. There are lots of places closer to Pittsburgh, Baltimore, DC; and Philly people are heading north, not west. I can't imagine that there is ever long lift lines. I was out that way on business when I skied there. Like to go back, but it would be on the way to somewhere else.
For any railroad buffs, the famous Horseshoe Curve of the Pennsylvania RR, the Railroaders museum, and Johnstown Flood museum are close by.

Had to ask. As these two are often opined as the "best in PA", having skied Elk (in spring conditions) and Blue Knob, care to offer an opinion?


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