- Overall Rating 4
- Family Friendly 5
- All-Mtn. Terrain 5
- Terrain Park 2
- Nightlife 0
Cons: limited number of trails that make this place good
Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Jan 1, 2009
what others have written is true. the lodge is antiquated and the lifts are slow. they should build a new lodge -- similar to snowbasin or sun valley. . nevertheless, it is about skiing and riding here. and that's wonderful.
i base my assessments on terrain, so here goes. the mountain is divided according to their trail map into upper and lower. so, ignore the 1072' vertical claim for the most part. using google earth, i found most of there trails to be 700 vertical feet, and that is okay because the 700 ft of vertical is 700 vertical of real trail. they do have two trails that do run top to bottom. anyway, the upper mountain has the beginner and intermediate trails, and three glades. the lower half of the resort is ALL BLACK and DOUBLE BLACK DIAMOND.
the 700 vertical double black diamond extrovert w moguls is as good as organgrinder w moguls at sugarbush -- just not as long. the bowl is a bowl -- all 100 vertical feet of it. and you need to be able to handle it. i would compare to the first drop skier's left on hellgate at hunter mountain, but it continues for 100 vertical feet versus 40 or so on hellgate. and it gets heavily moguled, and then the trail itself that takes you out of the bowl is a black diamond as well. all three glades that were open were good. the east wall glade was closed, but i must say looking at it from below, and from above as well, i wish more trails/glades were cut like this. i could even seen see what appeared to be cliff drops in the glade -- impressive. that must be why this glade is double black diamond -- also steep. most of the glades at blue knob are essentially narrow trails with trees throughout the trail. but are they well done. the knob has 7 glade areas total, with a handful of areas that could be developed. i think they could further develop there glades with cleaning out a lot of downed trees. further, with some careful work, woods skiing would be possible. they seem to be progressive on tree skiing like jay and sugarbush in vermont; hopefully, they stay that way.
i went on MLK day and the only line i waited in was for three minutes, cause the the lift had to be stopped. that will cover the crowd issue. didn't exist.
the food was good -- typical resort, nothing fancy.
i think if this place had more vertical, or double the amount of good and great trails that they have, this place would be mobbed. elk has more trail count wise, but the quality of trails is not even close. this is by far the best terrain i have seen in PA. true black and double black diamonds. for comparison, in PA, from the places i have gone, i'd say in increasing difficulty, it would be blue mountain, then elk, and then blue knob having the best terrain. and blue knob is far above elk in difficulty.
about the wind and cold -- i'd say come expecting it to be cold and windy. the mountain is north-northeast facing. the day i had was fine. come prepared for tough conditions as it is worth it.
i did see later in the day the usual east coast skied off conditions. and then i went down skier's left on a trail only to be in the deepest powder of the day...more than the 5-7 inches the mountain had gotten. the best run of the day. that was at 2pm.
definitely would like to see this place 100% open, and after a real storm. oh my!