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Blue Knob Feb28 - March 1

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Mid-Atlantic epicskiers,

 

I will be at Blue Knob with the family Feb 28 - March 1 (just got the tickets on Liftopia). Give me a holler if you will be there that weekend and would like to take a few turns together.

 

Also - we will most likely be staying off site, which probably means either Bedford, Claysburg, or Altoona. Does anyone have any recommendations?

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Also - we will most likely be staying off site, which probably means either Bedford, Claysburg, or Altoona. Does anyone have any recommendations?

The Blue Knob Condos are reasonable.  You're almost an hour away at the closest regular motel.

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Sorry if this has already been discussed. Is there a backcountry way to get from the Blue Knob trails back to tha Alpine Village? I may want to keep skiing while my wife takes the kids back to the condo and it would be nice if I could ski back.

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Should mention - I am not looking for anyone to give away any highly prized secrets. I hope I am not stepping over the line by asking if there is a route that is familiar to those in the know.

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I don't know of any trails down to the condo complex and if there are I doubt it would be skiable with alpine equipment. There is a shuttle that runs between the condos and the lodge. You should give BK a call and see how that works. My hunch is that there is not enough traffic for a regular schedule but you might be able to call and have a van pick you up at the lodge and take you down to the condos. Have you checked out our Unofficial Guide for Blue Knob?

 

I plan on being there tomorrow, 2/27.

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I did check out the unofficial guide - thanks for that. My question was inspired by the following quote from the guide:

 

   "The Alpine Village is ski in and ski out only to the adventurous in spirit, but it can be done."

 

Will you be at BK just on 2/27? Any chance you will be there over the weekend as well?

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The oldest teenager staying at the house for the Mid-Atlantic gathering a few weeks ago "accidentally" made his way down there. From the looks of it, it was probably bushwacking most of the way.  So yes, you need to be "adventurous in spirit"   LOL

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I did check out the unofficial guide - thanks for that. My question was inspired by the following quote from the guide:

 

   "The Alpine Village is ski in and ski out only to the adventurous in spirit, but it can be done."

 

Will you be at BK just on 2/27? Any chance you will be there over the weekend as well?

At this point it looks like just 2/27. It's a 2 hour drive for me, usually less if the roads are good. My wife and I will likely be out on Saturday probably at 7 Springs, maybe BK. It depends on what she is up for and how my back feels after skiing tomorrow. If I go to BK Saturday I'll be wearing a royal blue jacket and black pants and grey/silver helmet, my wife will be in black with pink trim with white helmet. We still have yellow ribbons tied to our poles from past gatherings. You can find my mug shot here: http://www.epicski.com/a/epicski-team. I think we met at T-line last year.

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Ok. I will keep an eye out for you in case you are there. Have a great weekend, regardless.

post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by wgo2 View Post
 

I did check out the unofficial guide - thanks for that. My question was inspired by the following quote from the guide:

 

   "The Alpine Village is ski in and ski out only to the adventurous in spirit, but it can be done."

 

Blue Knob was great. The whole family loved it. Sunny and no wind on Saturday, fresh snow and powder turns on Sunday.

 

I was looking at some old trail maps online and noticed that there used to be a trail called "Condo Trail". This was a green run which, as its name implies, went back to the condos in the Alpine village. Did any BK regulars on this forum ever take this trail back in the day? Why was it removed? To make room for the tubing park? Difficulty keeping it open during low snow years? Lack of use? All of the above?

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As I recall the "trail" was very flat and required poling and skating to get on the downhill grade. The triple chair that serves the beginner area ran all the way down to the condos. I recall that shortly after installing the lift they began to down load the chair to get folks back to the condos. That is my recollection but I could be wrong. How did the shuttle bus work out?

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Thanks for the info on the old condo trail.

We ended up not using the shuttle - everyone wanted to ski a full day so there was no need for the family to head back to the condo early. Sounds like the shuttle would have worked out ok if I needed it - they would call it for you on demand from the ticket office or the condo rental office.
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