Before You Leave the House
Dress for success
They say if you don’t like the weather in New England, just wait five minutes because it will change. This is definitely the case in the mountains, weather can change rapidly so be prepared.
Dress appropriately by wearing layers. A good moisture wicking turtleneck or base layer, followed by a fleece mid-layer and finally a waterproof and windproof outer layer should do the trick on most days. Wearing layers keeps you warmer because it lets you adjust your clothing if the temperature changes as the day goes on.
Moisture “wicking” clothing keeps you dry and comfortable because it moves sweat and moisture away from your body. A layer of moisture wicking long underwear with a pair of waterproof pants will keep your legs warm and dry. One pair of quality “wicking” socks will keep your feet nice and warm.
One pair of socks is really all you need so skip a second pair. They usually just make you uncomfortable. In all cases it is best to avoid cotton layers.
Cotton is comfy, but doesn’t manage the temperature and moisture well. Don’t have it? Don’t worry! Retail items are available at the Pico Sports Shop.
Making a reservation is the best way to ensure a spot for a lesson or lodging accommodations, especially on weekends and peak days. Plus, it streamlines the acclimation process when you arrive. To make your reservation today, please call 866-233-1195
Eat, Drink and Sleep Well
It’s important to prepare your body for a great time on the mountain. Be sure to eat a good meal and get plenty of rest before hitting the slopes. This includes staying hydrated by getting plenty to drink. You can be dehydrated before you even feel thirsty. Be sure to get a good night sleep, by doing this, you’ll have plenty of energy to enjoy your day.
Understand Your Fitness Level
Skiing and snowboarding is for everyone, but you want to understand what you are capable of physically. Take your time, enjoy the mountains and don’t push it.
Before you travel to Pico Mountain, make sure your car is ready for the ride. Plan your route so you know exactly where you are going. It’s a good idea to have an ice scraper, shovel, jumper cables and snow tires. Make sure that you’re prepared for winter driving conditions because nobody waits on a powder day.
For more information on winter driving
What to bring:
- Backpack or gear bag - keep a bag pre-packed so its “grab and go” the next time you are off to the mountains.
- Waterproof shoes or boots - to get you to and from the slopes comfortably
- Hat / helmet - keep your head warm and your brain happy
- Waterproof gloves or mittens - mittens are warmest
- Goggles or sunglasses - goggles are best for snowy days
- Water-resistant pants - insulated wind pants
- Moisture wicking socks - bring an extra pair and remember, not cotton
- Jacket / parka - water-resistant is best
- Fleece, sweater or sweatshirt - for layering, if needed, wool or dry-weave fabrics are much better than cotton
- Sunscreen / lip balm - SPF 15 or higher
- Pocket tissues
- Energy bar / trail mix - a little snack to keep you energized
- Trail Guide – will help navigate Pico Mountain
- ID / wallet / petty cash - keep secure and dry
- Water - stay hydrated