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“Good time (if you have a deal)”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Blue Knob

Blue Knob
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Claysburg
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Owner description: All season resort offers winter skiing, snowboarding, a tubing park and cross-country; in summer, golfing, hiking and mountain biking are popular activities.
Annapolis, MD
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64 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Good time (if you have a deal)”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

So this winter my kids (age 7 & 10) have taken to skiing like a fish to water. I used to go when I was younger, but was never really into the sport, but now I am because of their interest. Earlier this winter we spent time in Vermont, where the kids and I (again) learned to ski. So we are all pretty much beginners, but improving quickly. I remember skiing this resort when I was a teenager about 20 years ago and having fun, so I planned a 2 day trip. A couple things you need to know: 1) Plan for cold. We were in Vermont where it was -4 degrees and this was just as cold one of the days. And they blow snow, so you get blasted on the lifts at times. The second day wasn't cold though, but it is better to be prepared for the worst. 2) It is in the middle of nowhere, so don't expect to run to the store to get something. 3) If you are just beginning, you may not have as much fun as someone with a bit of experience. Luckily, my kids have picked up the sport quickly and advanced to where we could enjoy this place, but not all that many beginner slopes here. 4) Pack your own lunch/snacks and save a bundle. Some resorts feel the need to squeeze you for every dime ($3 for a bottled water!), and this is one of those. 5) Use liftopia.com to get a lift pass deal. Paying full price here is a rip-off. A $60 adult lift pass for this resort is a bit high. I paid less in Vermont and got 400% more.
I would also suggest staying at the Comfort Inn in Duncansville, about 25 minutes away. We paid $99 for the night. They had an indoor heated pool and hot tub (which is very nice after a day of skiing) and it included breakfast in the morning - and a real breakfast with waffles, eggs, cereal and much more. Across the parking lot was a nice brew pub (Marzoni's), where we got a few beers and pizza for dinner. I think we made a great choice to stay there rather than at the resort because we could also pick up a few snacks to take back to the mountain.
I think it is nice place for a couple of days, but after that, you will get bored. Not enough runs to make a week-long trip here. We were here during the President's Day weekend and surprisingly, it was not crowded at all. We never had to wait for a lift seat. The lodge isn't anything to write home about. They have a pub there, so if you want an adult beverage, they are available. Since there were not that many people, we had plenty of room to sit when we needed to rest. They had lockers and a room to change, so you can stow your belongings while on the slopes. Signage is a bit lacking getting there and direction through the parking lots. They have a drop-off area so you can drop your equipment and park a bit further away. Tip: park at the bottom lot near the steps and it may be closer than some of the open spots at the top lot.
They had a tubing area that we never visited, so that may add a nice touch and something else to do.
I see this as a great weekend getaway if you have kids that are teens and experienced skiers.

Visited February 2013
5 Thank seano21401
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York, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Don't plan to stay overnight”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

Planned to make the 2 1/2 hour trip for a mini snowcation with our 3 boys ages 6, 7 and 11. The drive up was okay, it's in the middle of nowhere but we were expecting that. Once we finally found the lodging (signage not good) we checked in and needed to eat right away. We rented a two bedroom condo. There are two restaurant options. We tried the first which was mainly a bar and didn't get waited on at all for 15 minutes so we decided to leave and go over to the "fine dining" establishment next door. Big mistake. They told us they could get a table ready in 10 minutes which turned into 30. Then when we finally sat down they took another 30 min to take our order. Ended up waiting 3 hours for the worst food ever. Certainly not fine dining. Rolls frozen in the middle, undercooked chicken and inedible ravioli. Finally get to go settle in to our condo across the parking lot. At this point it's 10:30 at night. Getting kids ready for bed, we realize the sheets are filthy with hairs throughout. Tried to call rental office but it was closed. No cell service (Verizon) to even look up another hotel. We packed up, got back in the car and had our GPS lead us to a Comfort Inn in Duncansville, a 30 min drive away. Best $99 we ever spent and it included clean sheets, a great shower and a full breakfast with very pleasant staff. The next day we went back to blue knob to check out of our condo and the good news was that they refunded our money. Then we went to snowboard at the skiing area. The resort is a nice little resort with nice long trails and a range of ability slopes. However they were blowing snow all day in addition to the real falling snow and it made it pretty miserable since most of their snow machines are at the top of the mountain where the lodge is and the two lifts that were running. Kids and I both couldn't only bear 3 runs all day. The lodge is in serious need of an update and the food is subpar at best. Probably would be an okay day trip if you're looking for a tall mountain and you live close enough not to feel like you've wasted so much time getting there. Should've gone to Seven Springs like we originally planned!

Visited February 2013
8 Thank BethB31
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
83 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Nice option for advanced skiers in Pennsylvania”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

If you live in Pennsylvania or Maryland, Blue Knob is worth a trip (2 hrs from Pittsburgh). It is a small ski resort but has several nice features you will not find anywhere else in these 2 states. The vertical is nothing impressive but it stresses your muscles a little more than that of Seven Springs or Hidden Valley, for example. The place is rustic and a little more affordable than in those other resorts. There are no frills here, but if your main goal for going there is not an apres ski experience, but the actual winter sport, you probably will not mind that. The mountain has a simple layout where the easy slopes are on the top right part, the intermediates on the top left and the advanced/expert slopes on the right/bottom area. The vertical is mostly enjoyed by the beginners who may like skiing/shredding all the way down to Run Out or the experts who can glide down the blue slopes at the top and then the black slopes on the right. Both pathways take you to lift 1 and 2. But most experts will prefer to avoid the 11 minutes ride up on lift 2 and go back up to the black area only using the lift 1, when this is working. And it was broken when I was there. I don't know when it will be fixed. And most intermediates will prefer to use the lift 4 without fully taking advantage of the vertical drop but rather having a shorter lift time up (as other reviewers have pointed out). In terms of terrain one of the positives is that the black slopes have some real challenge you will not easily find in other resorts in the area and there are several of them.
When I was there it was sunny in the am with slightly above freezing temperatures and within a few hours the slopes had many bare patches even on the top, which plainly shows how the reported base of 39-49 inches on the top could not be true. This problem of overreporting the base depth is really annoying and unfortunately shared by all the other resorts I have visited in the area.
The food at the Summit House is quite limited and features burgers, pizza, hot dogs and the likes. You will not find real veggies or cool deli stuff there. And it is overpriced. I paid $14 for the basic burger with fries and a soda.
So in summary this is a nice resort for an advanced skier who does not want to pay much more to travel to the Northeast or the Rockies and does not mind the lack of fancy amenities or frills.

Visited February 2013
3 Thank EnricoNovelli
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Bowie, Maryland
Level Contributor
141 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“As kieer's Mountain noone knows about”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

If you are a skier, this is a mountain for you. A 2 minute lift line is considered long. The trails are well groomed and the staff is friendly. There is no glitz and glamor here, but there is a bar, snack bar and the skiing is good. There was a time when the snow was bad, but new management has been making good snow. when there is natural snow, Extrovert is the best ski trail south of Vermont. IF you want a local place to ski with no crowds, regardless of what your ski ability is, this is where you should check out

Visited February 2013
5 Thank Hugh B
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State College, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
65 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“When there is snow, this place is great”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

Ok, so the problem with PA skiing is the frequent lack of natural cover. Snowmaking helps, but Blue Knob really benefits from natural snow. When there is coverage, this is the best terrain in PA, easy! Nothing beats the lower mountain off the mid-chair. Extrovert, stemboggin, east wall, lower high hopes, lower 66, etc.... Fantastic! Closest thing you'll get to hard core New England skiing without the commute. I've skied here since 1983, and always look forward to come back. No après, functional lodge at best, and no town to speak of, but if you go to ski, you will be happy as long as they have decent conditions. If you are totally reliant on groomed snowmaking trails, go to Seven Springs.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank FLDorman
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