The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


January 6, 2013

Downhill delights | Blue Knob, Hidden Valley groomed for skiing, tubing faithful


Blue Knob

Blue Knob All Seasons Resort near Claysburg, Bedford County, offers 34 trails with a vertical drop of 1,072 feet.

Blue Knob is the second-highest mountain in Pennsylvania, behind Mount Davis in Somerset County, but it is the state’s highest skiable mountain.

“We offer skiing conditions that match the powder snow conditions you may find in Park City, Utah, to the firm-packed trails that entice many skiers,” said Christine Perkins, resort marketing and sales coordinator.

“We have trails that range from green circle slopes for beginner to double black diamond for expert enthusiasts.”

In addition to downhill skiing, the resort offers snow tubing and groomed, Nordic/cross-country skiing trails.

The resort is unusual because of its inverted design – the lodge is at the top of the mountain and guests ski away from it.

The resort has four chairlifts and one tow rope.

With two miles of groomed trails for cross-country skiers, the resort has become a destination for people from a wide area, including the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., area.

“Our focus has been on improving our snowmaking capabilites,” Perkins said. “We have increased our output by more than two million gallons of water, which helps us to produce snow at any given time when conditions are right.”

The ski center features rental equipment and refreshments.

The tubing park consists of three lanes. The park can be reserved on weekdays for groups or parties.

On weekends, the park is open for all visitors.

Lift tickets from open-to-close are $38 for weekdays and $60 for weekends.

Ski rental is $30 from open-to-close, and snowboards are $42 to rent.

Ski rentals include boots and poles, and snowboard rentals include boots.

All rates are discounted for five-hour flex sessions.

When visitors need a break from skiing, they have several options.

“Guests can show up at our Clubhouse Bar and Grill at the Alpine Village in their gear, take a break for some refreshments and return to the slopes,” Perkins said. “Fine dining is available at our Black Bear Restaurant.”

The resort offers lodging packages starting at $69 per person per night on weekdays.

Information: 800-458-3403.

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