Best Skiing Near D.C. – Blue Knob Resort

Best Skiing Near D.C. – Blue Knob Resort

On Sunday, it was 65+ degrees and sunny in D.C. — the perfect spring day. (Forget that it’s February, and we are supposed to be in the middle of winter.) To take advantage of the good weather, which isn’t so rare these days, we took an early morning walk through Georgetown, went to church, and then sprinted to the Dupont Farmers Market for apples and yummy Greek food at Zorbas. This perfect spring-like weather has put our dreams of a long ski season on the East Coast to rest. Thankfully, we ended our ski season at Blue Knob All Seasons Resort. This mountain might just be our favorite place to ski near Washington, D.C.

Blue Knob All Season Resort

Over the past few weeks, we skied at Whitetail, Liberty, Wintergreen, Wisp, and finally, Blue Knob. Of all of these ski resorts, Will and I both agreed that Blue Knob is the “best in class” mountain for mid-Atlantic skiing. For less than $50/day ($42 for military + dependents), we enjoyed the 5-hour flex pass, winding our ways through Blue Knob’s long trails and short lift lines.

Blue Knob Lift

Located in Pennsylvania, the resort is less than a three-hour drive from D.C., and we drove through scenic backcountry roads to get there. According to its website, Blue Knob Resort is the “highest skiable mountain with the most challenging slopes in Pennsylvania.” Relative to the rest of the region, Blue Knob has a reputation for being an advanced mountain; but, don’t let this scare any beginners away. The mountain offers 100 acres and 1072 vertical feet of challenging runs and a terrain park for skiers of all levels.

Blue Knob Ski

Such serious skiers!


For a three-day weekend, the resort was surprisingly quiet. We loved how often we had the trails to ourselves and enjoyed skiing all the open runs.

Blue Knob Ski Trai

We can only imagine how great the skiing must be when the resort gets a lot of snow and can’t wait to return next winter! Until then, we’re getting ready for our final ski adventure out West and preparing our road bikes for a sunny spring.




  1. February 23, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    Living in the midwest, I always forget how “close” everything is to you east coast folks! How great that you can ski only 3 hours away from where you live. We’ve had a very mild winter–our last snow was in December, so skiing is kind of out of the question!
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    • The Daring Darling
      February 24, 2017 / 3:36 pm

      Yes, I’m so shocked by how close everything is out here. This was definitely a mild winter for us as well. And I’m pretty sure it was our last ski weekend! Hope you guys get a little more snow this season. 🙂

    • The Daring Darling
      March 8, 2017 / 5:46 pm

      It’s crazy how mild this winter has been! I definitely hope we get more snow next year… if so, this is where I’ll be! 😉