Pico Opens on December 14th for 2013/14 Ski Season

By AlpineZone News |
Dec 13 2013 - 12:18 PM

Pico Mountain stock photoExpanded terrain, discounted lift tickets, and a community partnership to feed the hungry highlight opening weekend

KILLINGTON, VT— On Saturday, December 14, Pico Mountain will open for the 2013-2014 ski and snowboard season with a special promotion to support BROC-Community Action in Southwest Vermont, a nonprofit organization which provided 44,000 meals to low-income Vermonters last year.

Discounted single-day lift tickets will be available all weekend at the Pico Ticketing Sales Center with a donation of two non-perishable food items. One-day lift tickets will be just $25 for all ages (regularly $67) and the VT Student Pass will be discounted to $75 (regularly $99).

This partnership with BROC was established to provide Pico Mountain and Pico fans with a way to support local families and individuals with needed help so they won’t go hungry this winter.

“There are so many families throughout Rutland County that come to our emergency food shelf each day that the demand outweighs the supply at times. Events like this help us keep the shelves stocked in order to continue serving everyone,” says Pamela Shambo, Development Specialist at BROC.

“We’re thrilled to partner with BROC this year,” said Tracy Taylor, director of operations for Pico Mountain, “Pico Mountain strives to support our community through various fund raisers and this ‘food-raiser’ is a great way for our guests to get involved and give back while introducing this year’s new developments.”

Just ahead of the official start to Pico Mountain’s 76th season, Season Pass and Express Card holders will be welcomed to Pico on Friday, December 13, 2013 to test the terrain. Passes and Express Cards will be available for purchase that day.
The Pico Express Card retails for $45 and offers discounted lift ticket rates for the entire 2013-14 season and the best rates are available through December 24, 2013.

During the offseason Pico Mountain expanded its skiable terrain and will offer four new gladed trails for a total trail count of 57 and 468 skiable acres within its boundaries. Additionally, Pico saw the addition of the new $1.3 million Andrea Meade Lawrence Lodge, which will serve as a flagship, four-season headquarters for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports and the Pico Ski Education Foundation’s athletes, programs, participants, volunteers and events.

During the 2013-2014 season the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum display on the third floor of the Pico Base Lodge will provide guests with a glimpse into the state’s storied winter sports history, and the newly expanded seating area and pizza eatery located next to the Sports Shop which will accommodate over 100 guests. The Pico Base Lodge will also feature a new Phat Italian fresh made sandwich outlet to keep hungry skiers and snowboarders satisfied.

Pico will host a variety of exciting events this season from opening weekend through the end of spring. Highlights include Mini-shred madness, the Local Yokel Race series, and the second consecutive running of the Vermont Antique Ski Race which exclusively features equipment made before 1975.

Pico Mountain lift hours are 9:00 a.m.-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 2013-2014 Pico Mountain operating schedule can be found at http://www.picomountain.com/winter/the_mountain/mountain_profile.

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About Pico Mountain:
With all the charm of classic Vermont and all the challenge of the best of New England skiing, Pico Mountain welcomes fans old and new, time and again. A family-loving resort, Pico’s Planet Kids keeps the smallest skiers entertained, while 52 trails, 265 skiable acres and seven lifts give every guest plenty of room to play in the powder. Pico boasts more vertical drop than 80 percent of New England mountains along with mogul trails, glades, groomed cruisers, and the Triple Slope Terrain Park. Pico’s snowmaking system was upgraded for this season and will continue to make great snow across the mountain, from gentle beginner slopes to two brand-new gladed trails. At the end of the day, it all leads back to our classically cozy base lodge. Pico Mountain is also Vermont’s only non-smoking ski resort. Pico – Big Mountain Terrain, Small Mountain Charm. www.PicoMountain.com.