Pico Mountain Opens for the Season with Top-to-Bottom Terrain

Saturday, December 19, 2020 

Pico Mountain to Open with Operation Stay Safe to Ensure Wellbeing of Staff, Guests and Community; Parking Reservations Required this Winter

KILLINGTON, Vt. (December 17, 2020) – Vermont’s Pico Mountain, part of the POWDR adventure lifestyle company, will kick off the 2020-21 winter season at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 19, 2020, welcoming Pico season pass and day ticket holders who have met Vermont quarantine requirements.

On Opening Day, the first 70 guests in line at the Golden Express Quad will receive a voucher to be exchanged for a YETI Rambler Mug in Pico’s base lodge retail shop. The resort plans to run the Golden Express Quad and Summit Express Quad opening weekend.

“We’re happy to welcome back skiers and riders to Pico Mountain and ask that guests help us protect the season by following resort and state health guidelines as part of Operation Stay Safe,” says Rich McCoy, director of operations at Pico Mountain. “Our top priory at Pico Mountain is the wellbeing of all and we are confident that by managing the number of people visiting at any given time, we will be able to properly physical distance staff and guests alike while enjoying the benefits of outdoor recreation.”

Working closely with the State of Vermont and local officials, Pico has created comprehensive and scalable plans for nearly every area of business with a goal to protect the wellbeing of surrounding communities. These plans are consistent with local and state regulations as well as the National Ski Areas Association’s Ski Well, Be Well best practices, while also designed to provide a great guest experience at Pico Mountain this season.

Actions being taken to prioritize the wellbeing of guests, staff and community include: strictly enforced facial covering policyparking reservation system to manage the number of people on property so all can physically distance, required attestation to Vermont travel guidelines from guests at the resort, contact tracing for all guests through our RFID card system and lodge capacity controls, physical distancing protocols on mountain and throughout resort facilities, daily health assessments by staff, increased sanitation stations and frequency in our cleaning schedule around the resort.

The parking reservation system, part of Pico’s Operation Stay Safe, will be in place every operating day of the season and, pending availability, parking spaces can be reserved same day, however, they must be reserved before arriving to the resort. All products must be purchased in advance with limited products available on site – day-of tickets will not be available on resort.

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 2020-21 Pico Mountain operating schedule can be found at picomountain.com.

Base Lodge Access & Available Services 

  • The Pico ticket trailer will be open Saturday, Dec. 19 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., for RFID ticket and pass pick up.
  • Pico Base Lodge will be open starting at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19 for restroom access, retail, bag check and limited dining options.
  • Beginning Opening Day, Dec. 19, daily lift tickets for day-of purchases will be $79 for adults (ages 19-64), $61 for youth (ages 7-18) and $68 for seniors (ages 65-79). Skiers and riders can save on lift tickets by purchasing them in advance on picomountain.com and Vermont residents can ski or ride midweek non-peak days for just $45. Express Card holders will receive 50% off lift ticket window rate for midweek, and 25% off weekend rates.

New This Season

  • Text alerts available. Sign up to receive text messages and get critical operations updates as needed by texting PICO to 64600 or use the opt-in form.

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Media Note: If you would like to be on resort Opening Day for a story, please reach out with as much notice as possible by contacting Courtney DiFiore at 802-422-6115 or cdifiore@picomountain.com

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 58 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.

Contact: Courtney DiFiore, Killington Resort: 802-422-6115 or cdifiore@picomountain.com