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New to Epic Ski- so hello to all. Hope this is the correct forum for this question.

 

I have been skiing at Blue Knob PA a great deal over the past few years but have not explored the entire northeast ridge of the knob and have started to explore it this summer.  Started down some great trails but had a very pregnant wife with me and didnt want to descend the steeps, so I need to get back and explore solo:) Here's hoping for some snow because I really want to ski it this winter.

 

Has anyone ever mapped this or have any info or pictures of good Blue Knob backcountry skiing they are willing to share?  I think some cyclists might even be able to help?  But there seem to be no maps of resort trails that hook up with the Blue Knob State Park trails, descend the valley.  Even the resort suggest finding a local, well here I am - I'm local and looking for someone to show me the trails.ski.gif  I took a few shots this past weekend and even started a backcountry map- cant wait to get back and follow up.

Here's hoping for a great season everyone!!

 

  My early start of a map

trail from the condo village

  Wish I knew what this sign used to say.  Wasnt able to follow the trail all the way to the right.  Gotta get back to that one-  anyone know if it hooks up with the lifts if you go down and right at this broken sign?

 

An actual labeled trail.  Stembogan Connector 17.  Cuts from Condo Trial (go left at broken sign, bit of traversing) down off the right.  Crosses a dirt road that looks like a fantastic trail with enough snow cover and shoots into the 2nd big curve of Stembogan.

 

I hear tell of a trail called the Cheetah? that cuts all the way down to the ditch glades, anyone got any info on this.  THANKS!  ChimneyRidgeTC.

 

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post #2 of 22

Backcountry lines in Pennsylvania? Very interestingsnowfalling.gif

 

You gotta get this stuff on a Go Pro!

post #3 of 22

I have skied blue trail a few times like 6-10 years ago, its one of the few side country runs in the midatlantic. Snow is onlt good in there when runs like east wall also have good cover. 

 

I recommend DCski.com for more info. I dug up instructions on how to find blue trail and a few other "bc runs" many years ago when I still skied the midatlantic. 

 

If you have trouble PM me and I can give you a few pointers, but DCski locals will be able to provide more reliable and current info. 

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Thanks!

post #5 of 22
Thanks for posting this and welcome to the board! Great idea on the map, and keep developing it please. I moved to Columbus OH and have BK on the radar when they get snow. I plan to get there a few times this winter when the snow is good. I'd love more information and will share what I can when I get there this season.
Edited by wolfelot - 9/5/12 at 7:29am
post #6 of 22

This sounds like a query for

Laurel Hill Crazie

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Tim, I told you many times about spilling the beans, yet you continue to dishonor the knowledge of the local. Shame on you, gaper Tim! You know how quickly mid-Atlantic lines track out yet you continue to trample our terrain years after you've left.

 

Chimney Ridge, I'd love to share what I know, and share what you know, but it must happen on the snow. Not in a public forum, not in a PM.

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http://vimeo.com/9747490

 

 

Nice teleboard..

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http://vimeo.com/9747490

 

 

Nice teleboard..

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If that dude was on a Teleboard, he would have killed it. rolleyes.gif He's on a carving board! Why he want to make it so hard on himself?? Recall he did not lead you into the thicket, that was someone else's idea.

 

I should have never showed you guys that run. I've skied  a few that I haven't shown you yet. Let's meet up at BK again this year. Timberline is nice but really does not compare.

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Chimney, I will forgive you for posting those photographs if you spend a few days this fall clearing some lines through those thickets. smile.gif

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Tim, I told you many times about spilling the beans, yet you continue to dishonor the knowledge of the local. Shame on you, gaper Tim! You know how quickly mid-Atlantic lines track out yet you continue to trample our terrain years after you've left.

 

Chimney Ridge, I'd love to share what I know, and share what you know, but it must happen on the snow. Not in a public forum, not in a PM.

 

Lol. I may actually tell him where to go now. ;)

 

Judging from that video, it looks like your brush is in need of a trim. I miss blue knob, but wish it skied that good more often. 

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Lol. I may actually tell him where to go now. ;)

 

Judging from that video, it looks like your brush is in need of a trim. I miss blue knob, but wish it skied that good more often. 

 

Naw it just needs skied more.

 

That was a sweet weekend at da knob. I'm thinking several years ago you and johnL???? bushwacked that area around stembogen and the ditch; thought I remember a trip report of sorts on DCSki.

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I was back there on sub 70 waisted bump skis.  Yet I made it down in one piece.  How is this possible?
 

post #14 of 22
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Ahh didn't know I was telling secrets- sorry!  I just hope it snows enough to get on em'.  But the loping shears are getting busted out this weekend to make up for spilling the beans!  There is one spot that someone has been working a bit, mostly just fern underneath, Ill keep that one quiet for now. I just dint know exactly where they all dish out yet.   I would enjoy meeting up this winter to ski and explore, I have been walking the slopes all summer getting in shape and have just now started to explore the surrounding trails. I think there are several descents on both sides of the resort although I have never seen any of the ones that go in and out of Jack Rabbit.

 

Just finished 2@ 12' wide gladed trails on the 300 vt feet out my backyard too (Chimney Ridge in Centerville PA-  working on a rope tow powered by my old riding lawn mower!)  Its pretty steep. Ill post a picture of it.

 

Video is sweet, thanks, East Wall Glades sure keeps you on your edges! I didn't have a pass in 2010 but I did make it up a few times during that 6 week or so period of deep snow and no ice!  BK was huge i thought.

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Oooo, if we could have cover like 2010 every year. That was so sublime for PA skiing. Sorry CRTC, you seem to know more about that side of the mountain than I do. You are much more local than me. I hike and look for lines on Laurel like you do at BK. BK is a little over 2 hours drive for me.

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How often are the trees actually skiable at places like bk and Timberline? Let's hope for a 200+ inch season!
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In a good winter at BK for about a month, usually Feb.  In a normal winter half that.  2010 it was like about 6 weeks.  Timberline gets more natural snow, so maybe the norm is closer to a month?

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Not a month at Timberline last year. 2010 we started in the trees new years and they were skiable up until, depending on your definition, the end of March. I'm not sure how much glade skiing I'd do in a "normal winter" at Blue Knob, unless you happened to chase a foot and a half dump.

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Bump. How are things looking at the knob? I see they have opened a ton of terrain.
post #20 of 22
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Thinks look great at BK it was an awesome morning!! I think they got at least 20" in the past few days.  Maybe that's a slight exaggeration I havent heard a number from today. Several glades are roped off that are marked as open on the website, but there is plenty of awesome skiing to be had.  I did powder freshies from 9-10:30 today and it was great fun! Hmmm.. different trail issues.  The trails change by the hour on these days. 

Jack Rabbit is fun, but be careful, it might be a little sluffy and it has a bunch of whales on it this year.  Expressway is great as always but can get skied out.  Mambo is in great shape and they have the beginners area up and running.  The lower mountain has High Hopes ( I had some great runs but watch for rocks, which this morning were very much hidden) and Stembogan.  Stem has some rocks as well in the turns.  They probably need some more snow blowing.  I saw some impressive riders poaching runs on Extrovert and even to the left of the east Wall Glades.

 

It was great to see the mountain busy, but not packed and everybody enjoying these great conditions!

 

Get and and get to it!

Here are some shots from Skyline Glades taken yesterday, before last nights snow.

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It's good to hear from you. I almost went to BK yesterday 12/28 tempted by their web site trail report. I was a little fearful that there really wasn't enough time to get snow made on all the snowmaking trails. Only Extrovert was of the snowmaking trails was listed as closed. Even natural cover trails like Lower Shortway and Edgeset were listed as open. I was afraid it would be skied down by Friday. We hit Seven Springs instead. Besides the family of 4 we brought or met 6 others. Today was the day to hit BK with an additional 6" after the foot or so Wednesday.  Maybe I can get there tomorrow. 

 

Whales on Jack Rabbit tells me it wasn't groomed out yet.  Sounds like fun.

post #22 of 22
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Cool- I hope you make it! While there are many alternative ways down the mountain to the groomed runs, the website trail report didn't accurately reflect what was open at BK yesterday (12/29).  I skied from 9-2:30 and the only glade not roped off was the Skyline Glades. Lower Shortway and Lower Route 66 were roped off as well.  All these runs were being poached (allthough I didn't see anyone ski lower Route 66 which looked very very good) and it was difficult to resist temptation as the conditions were pretty great.  I guess if these were fully opened they would be tracked out fairly quickly.  I would say today wlll be great conditions, but faster and a bit more groomed but still some life in the trees!  There were blowing snow really hard on Deer Run, it should be in great shape for today and should bump up a bit.

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