Blue Knob

1424 Overland Pass, Claysburg , PA (Driving Directions to Blue Knob)
Last Updated: 10/27/2016 9:55 PM

Blue Knob Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 10 Beginner
  • 14 Intermediate
  • 6 Advanced
  • 6 Expert
A ski resort in southwestern Pennsylvania, Blue Knob has 5 ski lifts and 36 trails on 142 acres of land. The lower portion of Blue Knob is completely advanced and expert terrain (45% of terrain), creating a playground of moguls, glades, and bowls. The upper portion has intermediate and beginner runs, with a beginner’s area right at the top in ... a separate area. Blue Knob offers night skiing, a terrain park, tubing park, on mountain condos, lessons, village dining, among others. Read more

Blue Knob Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Grooming Grooming
    This resort grooms a portion of its slopes.
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
    This resort is known for providing a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Expert Favorite Expert Favorite
    This resort is known for its challenging terrain.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Blue Knob Operations


Opening Soon for Snow Sports

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 5

Weekday Hours


Trails Open/Total

0 of 36

Weekend Hours


Blue Knob Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

2,074 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

1,072 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

3,146 ft

Blue Knob Ski Pictures and Photos

Blue Knob Logo
Blue Knob Trail Map

Blue Knob Reviews & Tips (35)

I would definitely come back to Blue Knob again. While Blue Knob definitely has a lot of advanced slopes, there were plenty of greens and blues for myself to keep busy and not get bored. Unfortunately Mother Nature didn't help with the snow much last weekend, but the slopes that were open (all but 1 lift and 1 black diamond slope were open) were challenging and fun. I also like that excluding the very beginner's slope, the slopes were longer which makes it more fun than a bunch of short slopes. If you night ski be prepared for the wind! Because the resort actually starts at the top of the mountain the wind is crazy in the evening. We stayed at the resorts lodging in a 1 bedroom condo which was right down the road. They supply a shuttle (which we never used or saw) and firewood. The condo had a bedroom, 2 bunk beds and a sofa bed so for the price it was plenty of space for 4 people! And the balcony, fireplace and kitchenette were perfect for a short weekend so were could ski throughout the day, come back for meals and have an evening of board games and beer. Things I would change are: grooming needs to happen more than once if possible especially if they are open from 9 AM until 10 PM on Saturdays. Because of the lack of snow/snow made and weather, there were a lot of holes/chunks on the slopes so towards the early evening it made it hard to see them at dusk.
Blue Knob review written Feb 23 2016 - 07:48 AM
Jess Intermediate Skier
Pack your Ice Skates-because this mountain is sheety! Certainly old school, minimal amenities. The pool is always out of service. Didn't love the lifty smoking in my child's face as we got on the chair. No crowds or waits is a positive. Guess you can't have it all. Other skiers and staff were friendly, even the teenagers!
Blue Knob review written Feb 09 2016 - 10:23 AM
AB Intermediate Skier
Had high expectations from the ski report. The web site reported 34-42 inches of snow the past week and 20-28 trails open the day we went. The reality was about half of the snow they reported for the week and 7 major trails open with a hand full of small connecting trails open. Some trails with snow making were still closed with no snow. All chairs open as needed? There was 1 chair open in the morning and at 1pm they opened another chair. It is differently a fun mountain to ski with good vertical and the day we were there the conditions were very good on the trails that were open. If you go you can expect a friendly staff and good terrain but don't expect what you read on the ski report or a resort.
Blue Knob review written Jan 27 2016 - 09:17 PM
Rossi Advanced Skier
Blue Knob is a neat old throw-back ski area. Not a ton of trails but what they have are pretty long for Pa. Nice grooming and very affordable rates. Great family place, especially for beginners and intermediate skiers. Very friendly staff, both inside and outside. Usually get there once or twice a year since it's a perfect half way point between Wiliiamsport and Pittsburgh.
Blue Knob review written Jan 23 2016 - 02:25 PM
Dave S Williamsport, Pa Intermediate Skier
My 2 sons and husband (beginner) and I headed this this weekend for 2 days. Read the reviews so we were not disappointed by the lack of amenities. Blue Knob honored my Liftopia tickets that we couldn't use a few weeks back because of extremely high winds. Rentals were easy but equipment not that great. We really liked the 5 hour tickets rather than the usual 4 hour tickets at resorts. That extra hour just made us all relax a bit more. Day 1 was 7 degrees, sunny, no wind and honestly felt warm but the slopes were icy. I wasn't that happy skiing a very unchallenging and icy Jack Rabbit but was too nervous to ski diamonds with so much ice. Day 2 we had powder, warmer weather, more wind BUT diamonds were doable for an intermediate without the ice. I really liked how, on the expert runs, skiers took turns through the tight areas. It allowed those of us who are intermediates to challenge ourselves without endangering others! The Fairfield Inn in Bedford was a great place to stay if you are coming from the Baltimore/DC area. Even with the hotel room, 2 days here is cheaper than a day at Whitetail! Will definitely come back but only if there's fresh snow.
Blue Knob review written Mar 03 2015 - 03:53 PM
OldSkier Intermediate Skier
Loved Blue Knob. Great Groomers. Slow lifts, BUT no lift lines at all! Be sure to bring warm clothes if the forecast calls for frigid temps. It WILL be colder than what the weatherman is saying. My advice is to watch the weather and go the day after they get a big snow, during the week when no one is there. Use a sick-day at work, go early in the day. It will be worth it!
Blue Knob review written Feb 18 2015 - 02:12 PM
TJ Advanced Snowboarder
Love Blue Knob. Challenging runs, no frills, just awesome skiing. Snow and grooming was perfect our first day and there was a snowstorm with tons of fresh powder on our second day. Definitely better for advanced skiers, but the wide open and relatively steep blue runs would be good for someone improving in skills. Best skiing in PA.
Blue Knob review written Feb 16 2015 - 02:56 PM
Diana S Advanced Skier
We got to Blue Knob about an hour after it opened on Friday. It was very cold, the snow was hard as a rock and only one lift was open. After about an hour or so, they started grooming the trails and opened another lift which made the skiing infinitely better. We really like Blue Knob because of the long, winding runs and the amount of vertical drop but just be aware of the above if you get there early on a weekday.
Blue Knob review written Feb 08 2015 - 03:51 PM
Stephanie A Intermediate Skier
PROS: Great mountain for PA. Almost 1100 ft vertical puts is way above most other PA resorts. Nice trails. Stembogen Bowl is a nice run. The snow was good, and even their blown stuff was powdery. Since it's part PA State Park, it's CHEAP. $25 for all day midweek. The people there were super nice. The lodge food was great. Real food too. CONS: The lodge is at the top of a less-than-fun-to-drive icy, thin moutain road (more of a mountain pass). The lifts are old and slow. It can be very cold and very windy.
Blue Knob review written Feb 05 2015 - 06:03 PM
Jason C. Advanced Skier
Blue Knob is okay considering there's not much else around. The few longer runs are decent, but tend to be very crowded (most of the times I've been it has been, I've been day/night/weekend) and I find myself dodging all sorts of people, rather than enjoying a nice ride. It's often icy as well, especially at the bottom in the lines, makes it a bit tricky. When it has just snowed, all of the runs are pretty decent, but they don't run all of the chairs.....? The lift op's are often smoking in your face too, which is pretty nasty. Perhaps I should just stick to the fresh air and hills in oregon....
Blue Knob review written Jan 27 2015 - 03:36 PM
Oregon Boarder Advanced Snowboarder
This place is great. We went on Sunday of MLK weekend. Not crowded at all. Everything was open except the double blacks. Skiing in the bowl area is a blast. Tip - get there early - you'll have the place to yourself!
Blue Knob review written Jan 20 2015 - 02:38 PM
Jim Intermediate Skier
Blue knob basic ski area the way I prefer it. It has runs with more VT and longer than most other PA ski areas. Only a few runs open since all manmade snow but making snow so alot more will probably open soon. I prefer their price compared to the other more develop ski areas that were charging 3-4X as much for Christmas holiday and alot more crowded and no Senior discount for someone over 65 under 70. Got on lift right away at Blue Knob. Slight groomed but hard under from previous warm weather but not too bad to ski.
Blue Knob review written Jan 01 2015 - 05:49 PM
Tom S. Intermediate Skier
Our experience was very good. We were disappointed that a bunny slope wasn't open but, still had a great experience. The instructor was very informative. We look forward to going again.
Blue Knob review written Dec 31 2014 - 06:48 PM
Kim Beginner Skier
Always an enjoyable time at Blue Knob, PA's best kept secret. Best slopes in PA to ski.
Blue Knob review written Dec 30 2014 - 10:00 AM
Sharon Advanced Skier
Have been coming here for several years now, most reviews are spot on. Most recent trip was 2/20/14 - Everything was open and the snow was great despite the two hours it lightly rained on us. It honestly felt like we had the entire mountain to ourselves, there must have been fewer than 50 skiers/boarders out A Few points to note: - BK is super reasonable lift tickets, rentals, food, alcohol. - No high speed lifts is a bummer, but bottom to top still only take 10 minutes, I've sat on longer out west - Growing up skiing out west and in southern Wisconsin, the level of difficulty is much closer to CO than WI. - Parking at the top is nice, your not cold on the first chair up, but the road up can be treacherous. You can make the drive in a 2WD car without snow tires, (I do) but I wouldn't recommend it, especially if it's snowing or there was a lot of snow the day before. I live about 75 minutes north of BK, and only 10 minutes from Tussey Mountain. Its absolutely worth the drive
Blue Knob review written Feb 23 2014 - 08:16 PM
Evan Advanced Skier
Went to BK on Sun of Pres Day Weekend. Great conditions early but got a little icy on some steep runs later in the day. Great place for int / adv skiers. Not much there for beginners. Only a couple trails to suit them. As with all my trips, the key is to arrive early to avoid crowds and get plenty of runs in early in the day.
Blue Knob review written Feb 18 2014 - 02:11 PM
JF Intermediate Skier
Blue Knob pretty much comes as advertised. The resort has, in my opinion, the most challenging East Coast terrain south of Whiteface. Hit it on a good snow day and its excellent, on other days it can be patchy and very icey especially on the steeper parts. Blue Knob is definitely for the more advanced Skier/Rider, I loved it but my fiancee who is only 1 year in found there to be a lack of beginner and expert terrain, which can be fine but just be aware of it going in. I would not take a beginner here as there aren't many greens. The blues here are real blues and for someone closer to advanced then beginner. Loved the lack of crowds and general atmosphere of the resort. It seems to attract more hardcore riders and everyone is very friendly. The lifts are slow but if you know that and expect it going in you won't be disappointment. The road in is manageable on a 2wd vehicle after a snow day but difficult, we had to push my car up a small section at the end, recommend 4wd if possible.
Blue Knob review written Jan 27 2014 - 02:12 PM
Matt Advanced Snowboarder
Blue Knob has an array of terrain for all skiing levels. Having just moved from skiing the West Coast for many years, I was surprised at the pitch of some of the advanced runs. At the bottom of the double chair, you could mistakenly think you were somewhere out west because of the steepness. At this point in the season they're required to make snow (and several areas aren't filled in) but at least they're trying. This mountain is bare bones with nice people riding and zero pretention. I'm looking forward to heading back in late February when the snow hopefully is a bit more filled in.
Blue Knob review written Jan 21 2014 - 02:08 PM
James Advanced Skier
Thanks All for a great adventure with my girls. 2 beginner skier who had a blast. Your services made for a great experience. Our visit to the Knob was in March. Best condition i have ever skied Blue kNOB IN 20 YEARS...
Blue Knob review written Aug 12 2013 - 01:37 PM
lostski Advanced Skier
We teach at Okemo & Killington in Vermont. Always take our Grandchildren to Blue Knob. It's a great mountain. Fun to ski from the "top" of the mountain. Thanks, had a great time................
Blue Knob review written Mar 23 2013 - 07:56 AM
From Vermont Advanced Skier
No frills, but the skiing makes up for everything. Would not recommend BK for the beginner but if you know how to ski you are in for the best skiing in the mid - atlantic region. Well kept secret, great skiing.
Blue Knob review written Mar 10 2013 - 07:18 AM
Dexter Intermediate Skier
Its been a great year at Blue Knob. So sad to see things coming to an end. My compliments to all, expecially the friendly and helpful rental shop crew, attentive and friend lift operators and the up all night groomers. Glad this diamond in the rough is almost home.
Blue Knob review written Mar 07 2013 - 06:36 PM
Local Yocal Advanced Skier
Total skiers mountain with a little park to boot. Good natural variety if you have the eye for it. Don't expect any amenities but why else would you travel there for such a cheap lift ticket? The bowl is probably the best for advanced but hit Edgeset off of Upper Extrovert for a tight technical run that is super fun. As far as I can tell, Extrovert is a huge ice mound that would never be fun unless it was just dumped on.
Blue Knob review written Feb 27 2013 - 02:29 PM
Sam Advanced Snowboarder
I was there Mon 2/19/13. It was great. Conditions were better than the Eastern side of PA. For people who complain about the food…they're all expensive. Bring your own. I rented nice skis and there were not expensive. Spending $2 to a storage basket made the hole thing worth while. Lifts are not the fastest but then I'm not paying for high speed lines in the cost of of tickets and rentals. No line up. Good mix of advanced and intermediate. The easy runs are just that - easy. For what it is, I would give it a 9 out 10.
Blue Knob review written Feb 20 2013 - 02:15 PM
jetpuck04 Advanced Skier
Extrovert was a sheet of ice...amazed to see it was actually open, and saw not a soul on it all day. Lifts are very slow, but the little bowl is a lot of fun. Not enough powder for the glades to be open. Wouldn't go back unless they had had a significant amount of natural snowfall, at which time it would probably be a lot of fun. Staff was very friendly.
Blue Knob review written Feb 18 2013 - 04:13 PM
LGF Intermediate Skier
Nice east coast resort but they desperately need a high speed lift! If you are on the Blue side of the mountain I highly recommend taking Chair 4 (Lower Expressway) back up to the top instead of Chair 1 (Lower Route 66) or 2 (Lower High Hopes) as you will only be missing some easy rollers on Run Out. It will save you some time getting back to the top. Other than that I enjoyed the resort. We had a snow day on Friday and hit some powder on the Upper Steambogan Bowl as well.
Blue Knob review written Feb 11 2013 - 03:29 PM
D Intermediate Snowboarder
Was a good deal, conditions were great, owned the slopes, nobody there mid-week $25.00, life is short get outta your cube. As with these deals just watch the weather and book a day ahead each day if possible, you'll have a great time. Foods ok, but bring your lunch.
Blue Knob review written Feb 08 2013 - 02:23 PM
Mike Laurine Advanced Snowboarder
Skied at BK on Thursday 1/24 for $20 thanks to Liftopia and had a great day. Extrovert was open and in great shape as was most of the other terrain on the lower mountain. No glade skiing though as there hasn't been enough natural snow yet.
Blue Knob review written Jan 28 2013 - 03:12 PM
MikeC Advanced Skier
Not many slopes for beginners, but the ski school staff is very good! Local hotel chains such as Comfort Inn are very reasonable and nice to stay - recommend buying lunch at the local sheetz to save $$ on food. Ski lodge store is actually very reasonable and had cheaper prices that you would find on-line.
Blue Knob review written Jan 22 2013 - 06:40 AM
Anon Beginner Skier
Went skiing at Blue Knob on 1/19. Unfortunately the weather leading up to the day had been fairly warm and the conditions were pretty icy, especially on the intermediate runs. The one advanced run they had open (stembogen) was nice. I can see how the place would be a lot more fun if the weather was better and they could open more terrain. Lifts are a little slow so I'd bring something to do while riding them. Lines were not bad at all though and the place really wasn't crowded. Rental shop lets you check your bag in a basket behind the desk for one or two dollars. Overall I would say it was adequate skiing. Not anything super exciting but pleasant enough.
Blue Knob review written Jan 21 2013 - 08:41 PM
New MexiCAN Advanced Skier
I just got back from Blue Knob today after buying tickets on Liftopia for today 1/21 (MLK weekend) I was very impressed by the terrain and Advanced trails at Blue Knob. The Bowl was great and the other black trails open were steep and narrow. It was snowing when I left and should probably be great after more terrain is open. I will definitely be going back this season. There were literally zero lift lines and the mountain was pretty empty which is impressive considering this was MLK weekend
Blue Knob review written Jan 21 2013 - 07:36 PM
Michael U Advanced Skier
The Stembogen Bowl was awesome and it was my favorite run at Blue Knob. I definately underestimated how steep High Hopes was. There are only 3 or 4 ski lifts and they are rather slow. There weren't many people there on the holiday weekend. It was strange to have the summit lodge on top of the mountain. I'd go back again.
Blue Knob review written Jan 21 2013 - 04:49 PM
JohnY Advanced Snowboarder
Went to Blue Knob this past Sunday, thanks to a $42 Liftopia deal, and it was excellent. Skied Stemboggan Bowl all morning and then chilled after lunch on the easier trails. With 27 trails and very little ice there was plenty for everyone, only had to deal with a lift line once at the end of the day, for me. First trip out this winter so I was cooked by 3:00. I love the varied terrain at Blue Knob, well worth checking out!
Blue Knob review written Jan 08 2013 - 03:19 PM
1967redrider Advanced Skier
Actually an advanced intermediate, so there is still much challenging to ski at Blue Knob for me. Lower mountain when open includes some tight, leg burning, steep terrain. Blue Knob Mountain is the best mountain for skiing in Pa. To find a better mountain for skiing, one would have to head to upper N.Y and further north as Holliday Valley and other western N.Y. slopes don't cut it for steepness and length. Upper mountain slopes such as Upper and Lower Expressway and Jack Rabbit are just pure fun and decent length. Don't begin to expect any frills, just good honest skiing. Grooming and conditions are usually decent, although grooming only seems to occur overnight and almost never during the day. We have been season ticket holders for the better part of 20 years and we live nearby, so we could be characterized as biased. However, we instead believe that we are very fortunate to have such a great ski mountain within 20" minutes from our own dinner table, fireplace and couch.
Blue Knob review written Jan 03 2013 - 08:56 PM
Local Yocal Advanced Skier
Loved Blue Knob for the great snow conditions and we never had to wait in a lift line. There is something for the beginner to the expert skier.
Blue Knob review written Jan 02 2013 - 02:53 PM
Rubino Intermediate Skier

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