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Pico Mountain


MAX Pass

Pico Mountain


MAX Pass
Overall
Overall PAF Score

Overall
Rank

134

Rank in
Region

10

Rank in
State

7

This resort is often compared with:

Okemo Mountain
Killington
Stowe Mountain Resort
Best time for snow at
Pico Mountain
Snow quality compared w/
rest of North American resorts
Last 10 Days of Snowfall at Pico Mountain

Powder
Forecast

Powder Forecast
Thursday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Friday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Saturday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Sunday
Day
0-1"
Night
1-2"
Monday
Day
2-4"
Night
2-6"
True Snow: 250" per year
Snow Quality Rank

143

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Dump Potential Rank

79

Pico Mountain is ranked No. 79 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Historical Powder Odds
Daily Lottery

% of days with more than 6" of snow

11.0%

Extended Stay

% of months with more than 90" of snow

6.0%

Drought Threat

% of months with less than 30" of snow

20.0%

*Special thanks to Tony Crocker and Bestsnow.net.

Dump Potential Rank

79

Pico Mountain is ranked No. 79 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Snow
Quality
Rank

143

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Total Snow Score

This score accounts for total snow quantity, its moisture content, the resort's latitude, elevation, and its slope aspects, which affect total snow preservation.

Explore Your Trip

Core Strengths of Pico Mountain

Core Strengths
Snow Volume
rank
79
score
55.4
Overall
rank
134
score
50.1
Snow Quality
rank
143
score
41.4

Trail Breakdown

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Vertical Drop

1967 ft

3967 ft
Base Elevation: 2000 ft

Slope Aspects

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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.

Drought Potential

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, 20.0% to be exact, 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!