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SPOT TO SKI: PICO PEAK
Elevation 2,000 to 4,000 feet; average snow depths 20-40 inches; yearly snowfall 12� feet; skiers last year 35,000; usual season Dec. 5-April 10
Early March is the peak season for this Vermont ski area, only six hours' drive from the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region. On Feb. 24, the annual Rutland-Pico Winter Carnival wound to a climax (see below), and on March 10 some 200 family skiers are expected to turn out for the 12th running of the Pico Derby. Family skiing is the keynote at Pico, where experienced oldsters can slam down the steep pitches served by a 2,350 foot Constam T bar and youngsters, under the eye of Owner-Manager Karl Acker (who made a champion out of Olympic Skier Andrea Mead Lawrence), can scurry up and down the lower slopes served by three rope tows which have a combined length of 2,000 feet. Tips: From New York take the Albany Turnpike, then routes 9, 4, and 7 to Rutland. Or fly via Eastern direct to the Rutland airport. From Connecticut take routes 5 and 103. Any way you come, plan to spend a night at the Long Trail Lodge ($7.50 for a single to $20 for a double, American plan) and enjoy dancing, night skating, good food, hot grog and winter yarns by ski-wise Host Grover Wright.
AS OF FEBRUARY 23
Nothing is as changeable as the weather, so be sure to telephone resorts for latest reports
TD—top slopes, depth in inches; BD—bottom slopes, depth in inches; CR—ski crowd last weekend; SN—inches of snowfall last weekend
Pico Peak, Vt.: Enthusiastic George Washington's Birthday crowd made Rutland-Pico Winter Carnival most successful in seven-year history. Bill Beck and Debbie Davis took Brad Mead Memorial Slalom titles, and Debbie Davis took women's Eastern Giant Slalom. TD 0-10, BD 0-10, CR 4,000, SN 0.
Okemo Mt., Vt.: Largest turnout in history of resort over four-day weekend. Best skiing on Squaw, Tomahawk. Chief closed. Packed powder, bare spots. TD 4-20, BD 4-20, CR 5,000.
Mad River Glen, Vt.: New snow brought perfect skiing conditions. Trails excellent and snow fast. Hour wait for lift over weekend. Eriksen skis popular. TD 40, BD 20, CR 3,400, SN 8.