Antique Ski Race at Pico Scheduled for March 23rd

By AlpineZone News |
Mar 12 2013 - 01:37 PM

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Pico partners with The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum to host race with a portion of proceeds to support the museum

KILLINGTON, VT, (March 8, 2013) –Pico Mountain, big mountain terrain and small mountain charm since 1937, continues their 75th Anniversary celebration with the 10th Annual Vermont Antique Ski Race March 23. More than seven decades ago when Pico opened, gasoline cost roughly 20 cents a gallon, a postage stamp was 3 cents and Pico Peak Ski Area opened on Thanksgiving day with 1,200 foot rope tow powered by a Hudson motor car engine.

In conjunction with the 75th Anniversary and The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, Pico will host an antique ski race on Lower Pike. Racers are invited to bring their personal antique skis from the 1930’s up to 1975. Additionally, vintage attire is encouraged.

A lot has changed in the last 75 years; however, a few things remain the same at Pico including its rich history in ski racing that started with the original owners and operators of the mountain, Brand and Janet Mead along with their daughter, Andrea, a two time Olympic Gold Medalist in alpine ski racing.

“Pico has a rich history in ski racing that is still strong today with the next generation,” stated Tracy Taylor, director of operations for Pico Mountain, “When the antique ski race was presented to us, it was a great opportunity to celebrate the history of ski racing while supporting a non-profit organization.”

The race will feature four categories including the Woodie Division, wooden skis from 1930’s up to the early 1960’s; Metal/Fiberglass Division, from the early 1950’s up to 1975; Straight Skis the more common ski prior to the new modern parabolic ski, and finally the Strictly Vintage Division, where participant’s race on not only antique skis, but also antique boots, bindings and poles.

Race registration opens at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23 for $29 per racer. Race fee includes a $20 donation to The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, lunch and a commemorative pin. Race entry and lift ticket combination is also available for $49. Prizes will be awarded in each category.

“We’re thrilled to partner with The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum,” continued Taylor, “Pico Mountain strives to support our community through various fundraisers, and it’s great to way for our guests to give back to an organization that supports what we love so much here at Pico, skiing, snowboarding and of course racing.”


About Pico Mountain:
Celebrating its 75th Anniversary, 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. No other big mountain has so much quaint charm. Since then a lot has changed. But the love that began seventy-five years ago for this mountain still lives today, and it’s as strong as ever. Families and skiing traditionalists now enjoy 53 trails and the Triple Slope Terrain Park serviced by seven lifts, including two high-speed detachable quads.