KILLINGTON – Pico Mountain is scheduled to kick off its 2019-20 winter season at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 7.
It is the earliest opening in the past 20 years and on the heels of installing a 16,850 foot pipeline to source snowmaking water from Killington.
Since the installment of the new pipeline, Pico ponds have been refilled twice allowing to recharge the snowmaking system faster and produce more snow when temperatures allow.
Rather than relying on streams as has been done in the past, this gives Pico the ability to make more snow for longer periods of time, and deliver a better guest experience.
On Opening Day, Pico season pass holders can enjoy a complimentary lunch.
The resort plans to run the Golden Express Quad, Summit Express Quad and Little Pico Triple opening weekend, then close Monday through Thursday and reopen the following Friday, December 13 for normal operations.
Pico will hold the seventh annual Food Raiser on December 14-15, offering discounted lift tickets in exchange for food donations for low-income Vermonters.
The Food Raiser is a partnership with Pico Mountain and local nonprofit organization BROC Community Action, which feeds 600 families each month through the BROC Community Food Shelf.
Discounted single-day lift tickets will be available Saturday through Sunday at the Pico Sales Center for $45 or regularly for $85, for all ages with a donation of three non-perishable food items.
“We’re excited to welcome back skiers and riders to Pico Mountain early this year,” said Rich McCoy, director of operations at Pico Mountain. “In addition to our early opening and snowmaking upgrades, we also get to celebrate another year of partnering with BROC Community Action.”
Pico Mountain lift hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during weekends and on peak days.