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pico vs. cannon

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

perhaps this is an odd comparison but they both seem to have smaller crowds and high praise. plus they are just about equal driving distances from me. this would be a day trip and we would be hitting mostly intermediate trails. 

 

from what i've read here it seems like cannon is an expert orientated mountain. would that mean intermediate skiers would find most of it unskiable?

 

are these mountains even in the same class? 

post #2 of 7

Welcome to EpicSki!  Follow the Tags (right of Post #1) to the EpicSki resort pages for Cannon and Pico.  In addition to a few member reviews and basic info, there is also an Unofficial Guide to Cannon.

 

Have fun!

post #3 of 7

I have a number of days at Cannon and think it's a great ski area.  Have only one day at Pico when it was not fully open.  Never thought to compare the two.  Cannon is scenically the more impressive.  Riding an aerial tram is fun if you haven't done that before.  True, Cannon has a lot of fun advanced terrain and all natural Mittersill area, but also some nice long groomers.  It is known for sometimes harsh and windy weather, but has a very nice "unresort" feel because there is no/minimal development at the base(s).

Pico has a feel like many small to mid-size New England ski areas including a small resort base.  It has several peaks (3?) and you can spend time at each during a ski day. Unfortunately, when I was there one of the better subpeaks was not open and none of the glades.  And of course, Pico is close to Killington's resort infrastructure for apres ski, or a 2nd day skiing at big brother.smile.gif

 

the view on Vista Way at Cannon:

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the view from the summit at Pico:

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Go to bothsmile.gif

post #4 of 7
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thanks! we are going tomorrow. waiting till tonight to see which place has the best conditions. so far cannon only has 18 of 72 trails open and pico has 47 of 55 trails open. both should see a fair amount of snowfall by tomorrow morning.

post #5 of 7

Sounds like Pico may be a little more user friendly at this time.  I'd guess it would be a decent holiday crowd beater too.

post #6 of 7
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ended up at pico yesterday as it was fully open and had just received 18" of snow. conditions were great although it was a bit crowded at the base lifts. i'd recommend it to others. runs from the summit quad were a good length and varied in terrain. the outpost chair provided some short black runs with zero wait at the lift. and you can end of the day across the street at the inn at long trail with a guinness and a ruben sandwich. 

 

we'll try cannon once they're full operational.

post #7 of 7

Thanks for the report!

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Originally Posted by waltersobchak View Post

ended up at pico yesterday as it was fully open and had just received 18" of snow. conditions were great although it was a bit crowded at the base lifts. i'd recommend it to others. runs from the summit quad were a good length and varied in terrain. the outpost chair provided some short black runs with zero wait at the lift. and you can end of the day across the street at the inn at long trail with a guinness and a ruben sandwich. 

 

we'll try cannon once they're full operational.

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