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Pico, VT - Winter Never Ends! 3/29/2015

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Who from here wants to join us? We would love to get more of you on video. 

 

 

 

Conditions were great! 

 

After more than a year of planning, the Arnolds finally got a chance to meet up with the Albas to make turns at Pico. Jeff who is from Vermont was pleasantly surprised with the big feel Pico provides; with seemingly endless glades and skiing options.

 

Winter is not over yet and we hope that this webisode proves that point. Please come out, visit your local mountain, make turns with friends and loved ones this Spring. We are sure you will not regret it.

 

43 days for us so far this year. We hope to make it to 50 or more this year.

post #2 of 28

Can it really be the end of March?  The snow looks great in the glades!

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It's like WINTER. It snowed on Saturday when we there too. Snowed today too. Mount Snow had 3 fresh inches It's been a pretty special winter here on the East but, for sure do I feel for the West Coast this year. ...

 

 

Come East while it's good.. 

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Thanks for the invite but I'm happy skiing when temps are in the 40s at Alta in April.  Had enough mid-winter northeast temps for this season. ;)

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I really enjoy watching your videos, they really capture what the spirit of skiing is about......... Fun, family, friends and good turns on mountains :beercheer:

 

We are heading for Killington this Saturday for five days, hopefully we'll have some good conditions and little ice! And my cortisone shot will calm my aching meniscus so I can let it rip.

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@Damavand Thank you so much.. It really means alot to us that you guys like our videos.  I just got an email from the Pico staff.. It's snowing now - 5 to 10 inches of snow falling tonight. More on the way too.... We will be at Pico again this coming weekend - your Killington day pass lets you ski there - you can ask Jonathan - what he thought of Pico vs Killy. @Jonathan Keller

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@Damavand
 Thank you so much.. It really means alot to us that you guys like our videos.  I just got an email from the Pico staff.. It's snowing now - 5 to 10 inches of snow falling tonight. More on the way too.... We will be at Pico again this coming weekend - your Killington day pass lets you ski there - you can ask Jonathan - what he thought of Pico vs Killy. @Jonathan Keller

I think Kton is just a big Hunter. Overrated mountain. Pico is its refined, more educated and more attractive older sister. wink.gif

In other words, I think Pico is considerably more fun to ski, with more interesting terrain, and not of the false hype. Great glades too!
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By the way - I know what you are going through @Damavand. I can't ski without bracing up these days. My left leg has no ACL - I will get it take care of this spring. 

 

 

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I think Kton is just a big Hunter. Overrated mountain. Pico is its refined, more educated and more attractive older sister. wink.gif

In other words, I think Pico is considerably more fun to ski, with more interesting terrain, and not of the false hype. Great glades too!


Oh nice review, Hunter is me LEAST favorite hill in the catskills!

 

My pick was Sugar bush but since I'm going with my gfriend who is a beginner I thought she'll have more terrain and if the weather is bad she can maybe enjoy some off slope activities. I'm such a nice guy :)

post #10 of 28
Then take her to Pico. It's part of kton.
post #11 of 28
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Yep. .Pico is way better if she is starting out.  One is that she will not get lost and you will not lose her.... 

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By the way - I know what you are going through @Damavand. I can't ski without bracing up these days. My left leg has no ACL - I will get it take care of this spring. 

 

 

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Oh wow, sorry to hear this. I had a cortisone shot this morning, too early to tell how effective it'll be but I got four more days before I strap on the boards, so I'm hoping for the best. I will definitely hit you up on Sunday if Killington is busy. BTW, you guys are real troopers for driving up to Vermont three weekends in a row, chapeau!

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@ralba @Jonathan Keller k.....I thought Pico was limited for beginners. I'll go ck out the trail map.

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I am up in Vermont every weekend.. Come to Pico and no worries about the knee, it slows me down but, it's not going to stop me from skiing. The braces help obviously and I am speaking from wearing them the last 3 seasons. 

 

Sunday is Pico's last day open. So, if you can make it that day, that would be great. I can give you and your GF a great tour.  Or my kids can!....

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@ralba does the ski tour include a complimentary video too :)

 

I will definitely try for Sunday get together. Text me in the morning. I'll pm my cell number.

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This is Upper KA Glade

 

 

Hard as nails - tight trees.. 

 

And below is Upper Giant Killer!

 

 

 

So yes.. You will be plenty happy....

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Yep.... It sure does. 

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I am up in Vermont every weekend.. Come to Pico and no worries about the knee, it slows me down but, it's not going to stop me from skiing. The braces help obviously and I am speaking from wearing them the last 3 seasons. 

 

Sunday is Pico's last day open. So, if you can make it that day, that would be great. I can give you and your GF a great tour.  Or my kids can!....


By the way, I'm ACL-deficient.  Missing the one in the right knee.  Given that I stopped playing sports like soccer and tennis years ago, opted to be a coper instead of having surgery.  That's why I started taking more lessons and doing more ski conditioning in the off-season.  I'm a better skier as a result.  Probably much better than if I hadn't popped off the ACL in 2012 (not skiing).

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@ralba sounds like a couple of semi-crippled guys will be looking for some good turns on Sunday :beercheer:

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Ha.. Yep and looking forward to it!

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By the way, I'm ACL-deficient.  Missing the one in the right knee.  Given that I stopped playing sports like soccer and tennis years ago, opted to be a coper instead of having surgery.  That's why I started taking more lessons and doing more ski conditioning in the off-season.  I'm a better skier as a result.  Probably much better than if I hadn't popped off the ACL in 2012 (not skiing).

You have no ACL in the right leg? Impressive then. I knew it was doable, but so many people opt for surgery instead of other methods.

post #22 of 28

It is totally doable.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/24755/farewell-acl


 

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This is now a 10 year old thread.  I've now gone 20 years with no ACL.

 

I just turned 60, am still skiing just fine, and for my 60th birthday I did a 22 day trek in Nepal, crossing a 17,000 foot pass with a steep 6500 foot descent.  The knee gave me no trouble.

 

Personal experiences will vary, but my knee has done better with no ACL than many which were repaired.  I consider myself extremely lucky in this regard, but if your knee is fairly solid and you keep your legs strong, the option of no operation is certainly a viable alternative.

 

PS:  I was recently in Vermont for the first time in years .  Poured rain the entire trip.

post #23 of 28
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When did it rain and where were you?  I have been up here most of the winter. It barely rained one day... 

post #24 of 28
I hit the transition from below zero winter to mud season, when it all turns to a slush pile. it occurrs just before black fly season.

OK, there are two weeks of good fall colors, but it was good to be reminded of why I moved west.
post #25 of 28
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Flattered!! We are just seeing that our video made the EPIC Show reel again! Wow. Thank you Thank you. 

 

@Damavand - so great to ski with you at Killington! 

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@ralba We had a GREAT time! Can't wait to do it again. Big cheers to you and the family from Sarah and I.

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@ralba We had a GREAT time! Can't wait to do it again. Big cheers to you and the family from Sarah and I.

 

 

Thanks for meeting with us. This is one of our favorite moments from today.. The kids taking their revenge on your snow spray.. :) 

 

 

After you left for the day, we ran into someone else we knew. They started yelling our names off the Superstar lift as they recognized Sandro's hair as he flew down the run! Video coming soon :). 

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Hahaha, love it!

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