Welcome to Pico Mountain- we’re so glad you chose to learn with us!
We love introducing folks to the wonderful world of winter sports and we’re here to guide you every step of the way. Luckily for you, there are only three key steps to maximize your time on the snow!
Decisions, decisions, decisions. Luckily for you there are no wrong answers! Start by choosing your sport- skiing or snowboarding.
Generally, skiing is viewed as easier to learn but harder to master, while snowboarding can be tricky at first, but once you get it, you’ve got it (to a degree at least). How to choose? A coin flip always works, or grab some friends and decide as a group! You can always try both and see which is more your style.
Next- choose your dates and your package. Pico operates Thursdays through Mondays starting in mid-December and ending in late March or early April, depending on the year. We’re open seven days a week during our peak periods. Check out our Mountain Profile for more specifics, or head over to our E-Store to check availability.
You’ve decided when to come- now what should you buy? We recommend our First Time Ski or Snowboard Package- it includes the lift ticket, lesson and rental equipment you’ll need all for a nice discount.
It’s time to prepare! There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes. Opt for non-cotton base layers to wick sweat and keep you warm. One pair of light socks will do the trick- boots go up to about mid shin, so be sure your socks are tall enough- just below the knee is ideal. Add as many warm, wicking layers as you need and top it off with a wind and waterproof outer layer- it doesn’t have to be fancy- just effective! Waterproof gloves or mittens should make the list and something on your head is a must- we recommend a well-fitting snow sports helmet (we have them for rent- just ask!)- Grab some goggles or sunglasses (snow is bright even on cloudy days!) and be sure to drink plenty of water and get a good night’s sleep. Skiing and snowboarding are for everyone, but they are exercise!
Forgot something or not sure what you need? Don’t worry- we have a retail shop right in the base area!
Pico has one main parking lot- grab a spot and head to the Ticket Sales Center to pick up your tickets- they’ll guide you to the Rental Shop across the courtyard where you’ll get equipment and get dressed (we have lockers for your street shoes) and your lesson meets right outside the exit doors at 9:45 or 12:45, whichever you chose when you made your reservation. If you got ready early, you can browse the retail shop upstairs or grab a snack over in the main lodge.
Have a question? Ask! The staff at Pico considers you family and we want to make sure you have everything you need!
- What if I borrowed equipment?
- We love that someone is helping you get started, but the equipment you borrowed might not be right for YOU- our beginner rental equipment is designed to make your first experience the best it can be and we size the equipment to you- plus it’s included in your First Time package- borrow pants or other wardrobe pieces that might be missing instead!
- Do I have to take a lesson? I’m athletic- I can wing it.
- We encourage all our first time guests to take a lesson. Not only will our instructors show you how to use the equipment and facilities, they’re experts on fun and safety. Participants are grouped by like skills and ambition when possible, and there’s no substitute for an experienced guide to get you started. Plus, even the most seasoned professional athletes have coaches- why not you?
- Are there rules?
- Skiing and snowboarding are ruled by common courtesy and the Responsibility Code:
- Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
- People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
- You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
- Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
- Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
Check out this video for more information on your responsibility code or browse our website for more information.
Remember- the only stupid question is the one you didn’t ask! Shoot us an email, connect with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter or call us on the phone- 866-293-1195!