When: Thursday March 5, 2015
Where: Pico Mountain
What: PP - 4" new* with very light crust (*new since Monday night - Pico is closed Tue & Wed)
Awesome day at Pico! I haven't been here since the 90's but I loved the place as a kid and I was reminded why. What a fun old school mountain. Lots of narrow trails that take full advantage of the mountains contours, lots of secret slots and hidden nooks. And the glades were really fun and flowy. No lift line at all and most of the chairs were empty all day.
I picked up an e-ticket from Pico's website for $26 late Wednesday night, they've got some killer deals on their site, check it out. Got to the mountain at 8:15 (for a 9:00 lift). Fun fact: If you didn't have silver hair you were outnumbered in the lodge 5 to 1. It was actually a really cool vibe, everyone pretty chill, very serious about skiing, and super friendly. Temps started out about 19* and by 2:00pm had fallen to single digits and that's about when I quit.
The crust liked to grab the tail of my ski and gave me a little trouble to start but once I got used to it and especially once it got skied in, the snow was thick & fluffy and skied great. Stayed mostly in the on map Glades: Sunset Woods, Upper KA Glades, Mid Pike Glades, Poma Woods...also did the hard packed bumps of Summit Glades a few times and found some of the nicest snow of the day on Upper Giant Killer despite the ominous warning signs and sketchy wind scoured headwall.
Some raw Beater-Cam from the day:
Upper KA Glades (Low Ceiling!)