A Few Words On The Snow
Chasing powder at Pico Mountain doesn't provide the amount of bounty as, say, Alta — where else does? —
but skiers at Pico Mountain stand a decent chance of seeing a nice snow event once every seven days. On average,
11.0% of winter days see more than 6 inches of snow — enough for most people to have fun.
If you're not having fun, then ski faster. But make sure you're actually good before you ski fast. Really good.
Not good? Then go to Pico Mountain and start practicing!
Snow can be hit and miss at Pico Mountain. Like most places, if you put in your time on the mountain, you'll eventually be rewarded with
a giant month that sees more than 90 inches of snow. It might take you three winters, but it will be worth it when that 30-day burst of weather
magic happens. With 6.0% of winter months getting more than 90 inches of snow, the odds of a bumper harvest
aren't entirely favorable for the destination skier, but it happens enough to keep locals from moving to Alaska. Most of them, anyhow.
The snow at Pico Mountain can disappear often enough that you may want to pack extra snow beads when taking a trip here. A good number of months,
42.0% to be exact, see less than 30 inches of snow.
If you're banking on snow and you're boarding a plane for a week at Pico Mountain, you should temper your expectations. This is a place
where winter drought can grab hold of the weather pattern for long periods, as 42.0% of
the winter months here see less than 30 inches of snow.
Getting to Pico Mountain, if you're flying in
At the end of the drive from the Burlington, VT airport to Pico Mountain, drivers will have been planted in their seats for nearly three hours (160 minutes), which, to us, is some kind of dark line
that shouldn't be crossed unless utterly necessary--like, say, if you're going to Silverton Mountain for heli-drops. If that's the case, keep driving!