Blue Knob Ski Resort enjoys a fine location among the highest peaks in Pennsylvania. This helps to make it one of the best places in the state to go skiing or snowboarding. The more exact location of the Blue Knob Ski Area is the south-central part of the state. Close by are the cities of Altoona and Johnstown, and it's just a couple of hours by car if you're coming from Pittsburgh. Thanks to the fact that the Blue Knob Ski Resort offers the highest skiable mountain in the state, it attracts more than just Pennsylvania residents. The view from the upper reaches are spectacular, and there are plenty of long rides for those who like to make a lot of turns before they get to the bottom.
The Blue Knob Ski Area boasts a vertical drop of 1,072 feet and has 34 different trails to choose from. The vertical drop is the result of the resort's base elevation being 2,074 feet and the top elevation being 3,146 feet. As for the trails, there are easy ones for beginners, intermediate ones for those who want more of a challenge, and advanced ones for the expert crowd. The longest runs is almost two miles long and, when you add it all up, there are 82 skiable acres to explore. Around 100 inches of natural snow fall on the Blue Knob Ski Resort slopes on an average annual basis, and 95 percent of the terrain can be covered by manmade snow when needed. When you're not enjoying some downhill skiing or some snowboarding on your visit to the Blue Knob Ski Area, you can do some Nordic skiing (cross-country) or check out the snow tubing area.
The Blue Knob Ski Resort features a ski school that offers both skiing lessons and snowboarding lessons, and should you visit between the hours of noon and 4 p.m. on the weekends, you can do some NASTAR racing. It doesn't cost much to make some runs down the race course, and you'll have the chance to see how your times compare to other visitors and national champs. Equipment for all the snow sports can be rented if you need it, and you might keep your eye on the events schedule when planning your visit. Among the most popular events during the winter season are Mardi Gras and March Madness. The main Mardi Gras festivities are held at the Blue Knob Conference Center, while the March Madness event is more of a good deal than an event. For most of March, this event sees visitors enjoying a range of special discounts that pertain to lift tickets, equipment rentals, lessons, and snow tubing.
When searching for Blue Knob lodging, it is also worth noting that March Madness also offers the opportunity to save on accommodations. Regardless of when you plan your visit to this excellent Pennsylvania ski resort, there will likely be some good lodging deals to take advantage of. Ski and stay packages are in especially good supply through the resort itself and can help you save on Blue Knob lodging. The condos at the resort come in four different sizes and are equipped with kitchen facilities and fireplaces. They are also attractive due to their slopeside locations.
To add to your Blue Knob lodging options, you can always turn to the hotels in Altoona or the hotels in Johnstown. These hotels include a bunch of chain brand establishments that offer good clean rooms at a good price. Regardless of where you stay, chances are good that you won't spend a lot of time in your room. The Blue Knob Ski Area slopes are tempting, and since there is also night skiing, you don't have to quit when daylight starts to fade. Just remember to book your accommodations in advance when possible, whether you're staying here or at any other popular Pennsylvania ski resorts, such as Shawnee Mountain and Whitetail. The resort can get crowded from time to time, as it's just a couple of hours from Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Washington D.C.