Pico Mountain: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Submitted on March 31, 2018 by rocket21 (725 Rating725)
Session SessionFull Day
Lift Ticket Ticket TypeM.A.X. Pass
Lift Lines Lift Lines0 minutes
Snow Trail Conditions50% open; Frozen Granular, Spring Snow
Glades GladesFull cover (still a good foot of snowpack), but closed today.
Moguls MogulsNone open today. Plenty on Upper Pike.
Terrain Park Terrain Park(s)Closed today.
Run of the Day Run of the DayB Slope
Food and Beverage Food and BeverageCheeseburger, fries, and a small fountain beverage were $18 and change. Highway robbery. Cramped seating too.
Comments CommentsPico pulled the bait and switch on its customers today. Last night and this morning, they claimed all lifts would run and 50 trails would be open. However, they only groomed a few trails (including only one route off the summit) and kept virtually everything ungroomed closed, including the Output lift and trails. Rode the lift with quite a few unhappy customers, including one who had driven up for the weekend and was planning to leave early. Not only that, but they wouldn't let people on the Little Pico Triple until 9 (even though it had been spinning since 8ish and there was no on-slope hold), and the Summit Quad appeared to have a mechanical problem (stopped just as I was going to sit down on first run and the mechanic told the liftie to close the lift; mechanics kept zooming up to the bottom and top terminal throughout the day, including a long stop around lunchtime).

Knomes Knoll had the best snow all day - nicely groomed first thing and first to soften up into spring snow later in the morning. Ace of Clubs and the slope were groomed, while Liftline was natural (and good in the afternoon) and Sundowner opened later.

Little Pico only had B Slope and Bushwhacker open from the top, while lower A Slope and Exhibition were open ungroomed. B Slope finally had no racing on it, and seemed to be one of the more popular trails in the afternoon as it softened up. Great trail. They never opened C Slope, even though it had softened up after lunch (judging by skiing by it on Bushwhacker and cutting onto the bottom of it from Home Run).

The usual trails were groomed off the Golden Quad, but were groomed wet and thus were bulletproof until after lunch. Outpost complex was completely closed off - could not cut onto it or to the bottom of it.

Summit was a disaster. Only 49er was groomed/open most of the day from the top, and golfball/ice in nature, so it was pretty nasty pretty quickly. Upper KA was not groomed, but interestingly open if one cut into it lower (yet the top, which opened after lunch, was just fine, and the lower part was the bad part with a big ice bulge). Middle KA/Lower Sunset/Mid Pike all skied decently. Interestingly Lower KA (the single file natural trail) was groomed. Everything else was closed.

Quite a let down on my 5th and final MAX Pass visit to Pico. Earlier in the season, they'd open really sketchy stuff with next to no snow, yet today they kept it closed. The only thing employees were doing emphatically today was scanning passes, which is particularly annoying when they stop you just as you're getting ready to load onto an upper mountain lift. Had some fantastic days here this season, but today was not one of them, despite the beautiful weather and minimal crowds.
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