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Pico Mountain Stats, Facts 2008/09
KILLINGTON, Vt. — Pico Mountain enters its 71st season as one of New England’s classic family ski areas featuring a unique ambiance and heritage rooted in ski racing, family recreation and the birth of skiing in North America.
Located on Route 4 just east of Rutland, Pico Mountain features big mountain skiing and riding with classic New England appeal and small mountain charm. The resort features a central base area serviced by four lifts making it easy to stay connected with family and friends throughout the day. The Golden Express and Summit Express chairs provide quick access to Pico Peak – the sixth highest peak in Vermont - and more than 1,900 feet of vertical drop.
Pico’s finer points include its classic New England base lodge with giant stone fireplaces, and the Last Run Lounge with rustic decor reminiscent of the first decades of skiing. Base lodge amenities include the ski and snowboard school, ski and snowboard rentals and food service.
Pico Mountain features affordable walk-to-slope lodging options that are tailored to families and groups. Located in the base village is the newly-renovated Pico Sports Center with a 75-foot indoor heated pool, free weights and aerobic classes.
Pico first opened to the public on Thanksgiving Day in 1937 with a rope tow that was powered by a six cylinder Hudson engine. Summer activities at the Pico Mountain Adventure Center include Alpine Slides, Pico Power Jump, climbing wall and mini golf. Guides horseback trail rides and pony rides are also offered in the summer.
Recent upgrades at Pico Mountain include major snowmaking infrastructure replacement to increase operational efficiency, a fresh look throughout the base area with numerous improvement projects from restroom remodeling, to new paint for lifts and lift terminals and a new deck off the base lodge. The Pico Sports Center also features new strength and aerobic equipment and remodeled locker rooms.
Opening Date: December 19, 2008
Closing Date: March 29, 2009
Summit Elevation: 3,967 feet (1209 meters)
Base Elevation: 2,000 feet (609 meters)
Vertical Drop: 1,967 feet (599 meters)
Skiable Acres: 252 (97 hectares)
Miles of Trails: 17 (25 kilometers)
Easier: 10 Trails (20%)
More Difficult: 24 Trails (48%)
Most Difficult: 16 Trails (32%)
Uphill Capacity: 9,755 riders per hour
Express Quad: 2
75% of trails covered by snowmaking: (156 acres or 63 hectares)
Average annual natural snowfall: 250" (635cm)