Blue Knob 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.
There are numerous options to stay at Blue Knob around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.
Blue Knob 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, 0.2 square miles, or 0.4 square kilometers.
Blue Knob's slopes see on average 144 inches (4.4 meters) of snowfall a year. That is almost 12 feet every year!
Blue Knob Elevation
Blue Knob 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.
Blue Knob Difficulty Level
50.1out of 100
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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.
Skiable Terrain 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%.
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.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
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 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 Location
Blue Knob is located in the state of Pennsylvania, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Claysburg, PA.
Claysburg, PA 16625 USA
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Getting to Blue Knob
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Blue Knob), 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.
|Pittsburgh International Airport||PIT||Pittsburgh, PA||90 mi|
|Washington Dulles International Airport||IAD||Washington, DC||109 mi|
|Baltimore/Washington International Airport||BWI||Baltimore, MD||126 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 Airport||AOO||Altoona, PA||12 mi|
|John Murtha Johnstown Cambria County Airport||JST||Johnstown, PA||15 mi|
|Arnold Palmer Regional Airport||LBE||Latrobe, PA||45 mi|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Blue Knob, 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.
|Tussey Mountain||Boalsburg, PA||1,810 ft||33%||33 mi|
|Laurel Mountain||Boswell, PA||2,766 ft||25%||33 mi|
|Hidden Valley||Somerset, PA||2,875 ft||32%||40 mi|
|Seven Springs||Champion, PA||2,994 ft||32%||43 mi|
|Blue Mountain||Newburg, PA||1,600 ft||44%||50 mi|
|Mystic Mountain at Nemacolin||Farmington, PA||2,030 ft||29%||62 mi|
|Eagle Rock||Fayetteville, PA||1,810 ft||27%||62 mi|
|Boyce Park||Pittsburgh, PA||1,232 ft||7%||64 mi|
|Liberty Mountain||Fairfield, PA||1,190 ft||35%||72 mi|
|Canaan Valley||Davis, WV||4,280 ft||47%||91 mi|
|Ski Denton State Park||Ulysses, PA||2,500 ft||35%||94 mi|
|Timberline Four Seasons||Davis, WV||4,268 ft||35%||97 mi|
Blue Knob Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||3,172 ft|
|Base Elevation||2,074 ft|
|Vertical Drop||1,098 ft|
(15% Beginner, 41% Intermediate, 44% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||144 inches|