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1ltkls

Far and icy

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Pros: Bigger vert than closer to DC

Cons: Ice

Not much to do after and icy up and down the one time I went.

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JeffMHoward

If There is Natural Snow Best Runs in PA

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Pros: The best technical runs in PA. Beautiful scenery, lack of crowds, more affordable lift tickets, best vertical in PA

Cons: CONS: inconsistent information on website.

PROS: The best technical runs in PA. Beautiful scenery, lack of crowds, more affordable lift tickets, best vertical in PA. CONS: inconsistent information on website. Blue Knob lives and dies by natural snow fall because that is the way the runs and trails are setup. It is a skiers mountain and the best runs require ample natural snow. They even have back country runs if you put in some research online. It’s easily the best mountain in PA if the conditions are right. On Feb 28th, 2015 all the stars were aligned. Every slope and glade was opened. There was powder with 20 degrees and endless sun. I never got bored and skied till legs gave way. This is not an easy feat in the...
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Jamesj

Blue Knob Ski Area

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Pros: Challenging terrain for the mid-Atlantic

Cons: Aging lifts, rudimentary infrastructure

It's not Jackson Hole or La Grave, but compared to neighboring ski areas Blue Knob, PA is notable for expert level terrain and belongs on the radar screen of all serious mid-Atlantic snow riders. Several of the lower-mountain black diamond trails at Blue Knob represent some of the most challenging ski slopes south of New York State. This section of the mountain features approximately 700 vertical feet of sustained steeps on a variety of groomed and ungroomed trails. Some are wide and exposed with variable Eastern manmade snow conditions (Extrovert), others are narrow, all natural, and never groomed (Lower Shortway). During midseason there should be opportunities to ski challenging mogul...
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Laurel Hill Crazie

There's A Reason They Call It Blue Knob

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Pros: Best terrain in PA

Cons: Resort owned lodging requires a shuttle ride.

  On the eastern front of the Allegheny Mountains, Blue Knob boasts that it is Pennsylvania’s second highest peak but it is no match in elevation to say Vermont’s second highest peak, Killington. It cannot compete with Killington’s vertical drop or natural snowfall. What may surprise you is that for eastern steep trail skiing Blue Knob’s Extrovert can be as tough as Killington’s Outer Limits.  Now you can dismiss this statement as sentimental, sensational hometown lore only if you never stood atop the run and cautiously tapped your pole tip into the white plate beneath your feet. One look down this never groomed, helter skelter, machine mounded snow drop will set you...
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frozen8864

Blue Knob will test your skills & bravery!

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Pros: Challenging Terrain, Long Runs

Cons: Outdated infrastructure, limited snowmaking ability

Blue Knob offers the most challenging skiing in all of Pennsylvania and in the top-tier in the Mid-Atlantic region. The 1000 ft vertical and 34 trails are a big draw to the resort. The key is going when the conditions are at their best after a fresh snowfall. It is one of the few resorts around that offer legitimate glade skiing and a sizable bowl. For this, Blue Knob relies on natural snowfall (100in annually) and your best chances to take advantage of Mother Nature’s offerings are from mid-January to late February.  Blue Knob does make snow but relies upon natural snowfall to open up its glades.   THE MOUNTAIN: On groomer days, a great starter trail of Mambo’s Alley awaits...
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DCski11

Epic Day

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Pros: Challenging Terrain, Trail Length, Fresh poweder, No crowds

Cons: Slow lifts

As others have said, this is the best resort when conditions are right.  We were lucky enough to arrive at 8:30 to 6 inches of fresh snow and 2-3 more during the day.  It was an all-time best day for my first time at Blue Knob.  I was finding untouched stashes of powder all day.  We skied 9-4 non-stop and never got bored. It was an easy 3 hours from DC and definitely worth it when there is fresh snow.  I can definitely see where ice could be an issue when there is no snow because the snow making is minimal on the lower mountain.  No lift lines, No crowds but the lifts are slow.  The terrain is steep and very diverse trails.  This is the best-kept...
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tylrwnzl

Good Terrain, but other than that

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Pros: Steep Terrain for PA, Never Crowded, Vert

Cons: Bad Snowmaking, Slow Lifts, Never Know Whats Open

 I went there on MLK day January 2010. We got there early figuring it would be crowded...it wasn't. They only ran one lift from the bottom all morning. The longest lift wait I had was to wait for 2 chairs to be loaded. Usually no grooming can be a good thing. When you're going through a freeze thaw cycle in PA, you need to groom. Nothing was groomed, and anything that wasn't a designated mogul trail was icy all morning. Once it warmed up the ice melted but it was slushy. They have the highest elevation of any resort in PA, but they still had thin cover at the bottom. They had to shut down most of the bottom 1/4 of the mountain because they couldn't get their snow making system...
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tromano

Blue Knob

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Pros: Good Terrain for the area. Fun slopes. Galdes. Real Side Country

Cons: Often poor snow conditions.

Real Side Country in the Allegheny Maountains. Its  a fun place to ski. Underrated by the DC crowd. Good terrain in Bounds. Hit it after a nice storm and its great for a weekend.
Pandita

Ski Blue Knob

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Went with my husband and he was just beginning to master greens at 7 springs, it was very very icy the day we went,