- Overall Rating 1
- Family Friendly 2
- All-Mtn. Terrain 1
- Terrain Park 1
- Nightlife 1
Pros: Accessible, and near population centers, short lift-lines, particularly during the week
Cons: Limited snowmaking, poor grooming, unreliable ski reports, poor terrain park, SLOW lifts, flat tubing park
Recommended For: Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Feb 1, 2009
I've been to Blue Knob a number of times over the past 10 years and things seem to be getting worse with the passage of each season. Although the resort claims to have about 34 ski slopes, there are only about 5 or 6 major trails that are open with any frequency. About half of the 34 trails do NOT have snowmaking and were created about 10 years ago. The ski area refers to these trails as "Glades" where one is to (supposedly) ski though areas where the trees have been thinned out. I have found the aforementioned "Gladed" ski slopes to be covered with rocks, stumps, brush and saplings. Moreover, the Glades seem to have become even less skiable over the years due to an increase in the level of undergrowth and brush. I might add that Blue Knob receives an average of about 100 inches of natural snow per year, which is far less than the snowfall required for quality tree skiing without any snowmaking.
As for the conventional ski slopes at Blue Knob with snowmaking, I have found them to be icy (more times than not) with substandard grooming. Additionally the chairlifts are old and SLOW. And the terrain park (if you can call it that), is small and limited. The tubing park is FLAT and SLOW without much tube speed or thrill for the average adult rider.
The lodge is old and musty smelling and the bar (located at the Blue Knob Condo complex) has more of a local neighborhood bar atmosphere than a ski area night-spot.