Pico Mountain Celebrates Early Opening and “Food Raiser” Partnership with BROC Community Action
KILLINGTON, Vt. – Vermont’s Pico Mountain, part of the POWDR adventure lifestyle company, is scheduled to kick off its 2019-20 winter season at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2019 – 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 installment of the new pipeline, Pico ponds have been refilled twice allowing us to recharge the snowmaking system faster and produce more snow when temperatures allow. Rather than relying on streams as we had 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, 2019, 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 (regularly $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! In addition to our early opening and snowmaking upgrades, we also get to celebrate another year of partnering with BROC Community Action,” says Rich McCoy, director of operations at Pico Mountain. “They’re dedicated to improving the lives of Vermonters in our community, and every contribution helps feed a neighbor in need. We at Pico Mountain are proud to support their efforts and grow awareness of food insecurity in southern and central Vermont ahead of the winter holidays.”
Additional ways to save on lift tickets include My Pico 3 Packs, a 3-ticket bundle, for use throughout the 2019-20 season or to share with friends and family on the same day. While they are valid all season long, My Pico 3 Packs are only available for purchase through December 19, 2019. Skiers and snowboarders can choose from 3-packs valid any day excluding peak days ($129) or 3-packs valid any day ($139).
Skiers and snowboarders can also save with the Express Card which retails for $99 and offers discounted lift ticket rates at both Killington Resort and Pico Mountain for the entire 2019-20 season. All lift tickets must be loaded onto a reloadable ONE PASS, our RFID card, and can be purchased for $5 each at any ticket window. The ONE PASS is not transferable. Discounted tickets are only valid December 8 or 9 and cannot be use for future dates.
Pico Mountain lift hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during weekends and on peak days. The full 2019-20 Pico Mountain operating schedule can be found at picomountain.com.
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About Pico Mountain:
In 1937 on Thanksgiving morning, a legend was born: Pico Mountain Ski Resort. Although it was humbly equipped with only a 1,200’ rope tow powered by a Hudson motor car engine, skiers – true skiers – loved it. Since then a lot has changed, but the love for the mountain still lives today, and it’s as strong as ever. Families and skiing traditionalists now enjoy 56 trails and a Terrain Park serviced by seven lifts, including two high-speed detachable quads. With more vertical drop than 80% of New England ski areas, Pico Mountain is your home for family mountain fun with big mountain terrain and small mountain charm. Pico is part of the POWDR portfolio. Visit www.picomountain.com for more information and be social with #mypicomtn.