Route 66 – Blue Knob, PA

This double chair was the original lift at Blue Knob in 1963 and has been heavily modified by Doppelmayr and CTEC.
The original top terminal was lower down and did not have bullwheel unloading.
New CTEC drive terminal.
The lift crossed under the Expressway triple.
A portal tower.
View down the line.
Above the mid-station.
Middle station with a mix of Poma and CTEC towers.
There are two different ramps for people unloading and loading.
Mid-station part 2.
The steep lower section.
Doppelmayr chairs and sheaves.
Poma portal tower.
View up the line.
Bottom bullwheel and tension carriage.

4 thoughts on “Route 66 – Blue Knob, PA

  1. skitheeast February 1, 2021 / 3:52 pm

    I know Blue Knob is not flush with cash, but it would be great if they upgraded this lift to detachable. Blue Knob is the best place to ski near Pittsburgh and in most of PA, so it would really be nice to see the mountain invest in itself.


    • skibumbarnes February 1, 2021 / 7:38 pm

      I agree with this entirely, as its one of the go-to ski areas of western PA. I feel like a lot of PA mountains in general don’t put a lot of money back into their lifts and trails as a lot of other mountains do in the US.


  2. Ryan May 28, 2021 / 11:00 pm

    That counterweight looks a bit concerning


    • ShredTheEast September 29, 2022 / 7:37 am

      The whole lift is. I was there a few seasons ago, and the lift kept stopping by the condos. The bounce in the cable was so wild, I could have actually stepped off of the lift if I wanted to. They need a new lift. I doubt a detatch would ever happen, but even a carpet loaded fixed grip quad would be nice to replace both doubles.

      its amazing how a place that averages almost 150 inches of snow is so overlooked. It really is the best area in PA, if you ignore snowmaking and lifts.


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