Pico Mountain Resort
Family focused, classic New England winter recreation best describes the Pico (Pronounced PIE-co.) Mountain experience. Located two miles down the road from big brother Killington, skiers and snowboarders looking for something a little more laid back head to Pico for great snow and skiing sans the hustle and bustle. Pico boasts 50 trails in all, but don’t worry about finding your way here: all trails lead back to the cozy base area.
Pico’s 2,000-foot vertical drop established the area as a ski racing mecca soon after it’s inception more than 70 years ago. Some of America’s finest ski racers trained here including Suzy Chaffee, Andrea Mead-Lawrence and Megan and Kristy Brown. Pico continues this rich racing heritage on three uniquely individual and challenging race trails, all wired with precision electronic timing equipment.
On the other end of the spectrum is Pico’s Planet Kids Park, designed to introduce kids age 8 and under to snow sports. The dedicated Planet Kids area features two stationary carpets, a carousel, a snow volcano, a tree fort and access to the Bonanza area beginner rope tow and chair lift. And on January 1, 2011 Pico Mountain became Vermont’s first smoke free mountain resort. Smoking of any tobacco product and the use of smokeless or “spit” tobacco by Pico Mountain employees and guests is prohibited within facilities or on resort grounds.
Summertime offerings include Alpine Slides, climbing walls, the Pico Power Jump, disc golf and mini golf at the Pico Mountain Adventure Center.