Blue Knob Ski Resort

Blue Knob Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Pennsylvania in USA. The resort is in the town of Claysburg, PA. We recently ranked all of Pennsylvania's ski resorts, so you can see where Blue Knob stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Blue Knob is a part of the INDY Ski Pass system. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all of the slopes that are also a part of the group.

Blue Knob Lodging:

Blue Knob Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Blue Knob has a total of 34 ski trails, which are serviced by 5 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Blue Knob is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 100 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 40 hectares, 0 square miles, or 0 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
100(0 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Blue Knob Ski Resort Elevation

Blue Knob Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 3,172 feet, or 967 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 2,074 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 1,098 feet (335 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Blue Knob's summit elevation is about average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are quite a bit higher, but also many that are much, much smaller.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
3,172'(967 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
1,098'(335 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
2,074'(632 m)

Blue Knob Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
50.2out of 100
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Blue Knob can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 85% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Blue Knob has 100 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Blue Knob is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 15% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 85%.
15%(15 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
41%(41 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
44%(44 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Blue Knob Ski Resort good for beginners?

Blue Knob can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 85% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Blue Knob Ski Resort Location

Blue Knob Ski Resort is located in the state of Pennsylvania, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Claysburg, PA.

Claysburg, PA 16625 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
40.28000, -78.55000

Getting to Blue Knob Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Blue Knob Ski Resort), its coordinates of 40.28000, -78.55000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Claysburg, PA to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Blue Knob Ski Resort.

Pittsburgh International AirportPITPittsburgh, PA90 mi
Washington Dulles International AirportIADWashington, DC109 mi
Baltimore/Washington International AirportBWIBaltimore, MD126 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Blue Knob.

Altoona Blair County AirportAOOAltoona, PA12 mi
John Murtha Johnstown Cambria County AirportJSTJohnstown, PA15 mi
Arnold Palmer Regional AirportLBELatrobe, PA45 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Blue Knob Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Blue Knob Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Tussey MountainBoalsburg, PA1,810 ft33%33 mi
Laurel MountainBoswell, PA2,766 ft25%33 mi
Hidden ValleySomerset, PA2,875 ft32%40 mi
Seven SpringsChampion, PA2,994 ft32%43 mi
Blue MountainNewburg, PA1,600 ft44%50 mi
Mystic Mountain at NemacolinFarmington, PA2,030 ft29%62 mi
Eagle RockFayetteville, PA1,810 ft27%62 mi
Boyce ParkPittsburgh, PA1,232 ft8%64 mi
Liberty MountainFairfield, PA1,190 ft35%72 mi
Canaan ValleyDavis, WV4,280 ft47%91 mi
Ski Denton State ParkUlysses, PA2,500 ft35%94 mi
Timberline Four SeasonsDavis, WV4,268 ft35%97 mi

Blue Knob Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation3,172 ft
Base Elevation2,074 ft
Vertical Drop1,098 ft
(15% Beginner,  41% Intermediate,  44% Expert)
Skiable Acres100
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Blue Knob Ski Resort Mountain Stats