I have experienced Pico as a kid so I have no idea. Isn't there a combo ticket w Kton?
Kton definitely suffers from excessive bros. I will say Klton has improved a lot in the last few years. Somewhat a different vibe. The new lodge/restaraunt is nice at top of Gondi but get there early. Like 11, 11:30 prob too late.
I think the Kton ticket lets you ski Pico but not the other way around. Which may actually work against Pico as by sunday when more SaturdayKton people get word of less crowds at Pico. If it even is less crowded considering the percentage open as I been asking about.