- Overall Rating 3
- Family Friendly 4
- All-Mtn. Terrain 3
- Terrain Park 2
- Nightlife 4
Pros: Uncrowded, Great Intermediate Terrain
Cons: Small, Not much for experts, even less for beginners
Recommended For: Family Friendly, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Jan 1, 2006
From being a solo mountain sitting in Killington's shadow to almost becoming an extension of Killington, Pico has gone through an odd decade. I was actually excited at the prospect of Killington originally extending itself onto Pico, making the drive between the resorts if you want to switch it up a non-factor. Unfortunately that plan was scraped and it doesn't appear to be anywhere on the horizon, especially with the recent economic climate. Like Okemo's Jackson Hole gondola, this may be one of those projects that simply stays off the table for the foreseeable future.
But Pico on its own is not a half-bad mountain. The crowds rarely reach the resort and the dual express quads leading to the peak seem to normally handle the traffic the mountain does receive. The intermediate terrain is vast and varied but with only one blue trail off the peak it can get skied off quickly. This is a design problem that may not have a solid solution. The endless funnel of intermediate skiers onto Easy Street and onto the lower summit blues is inevitable at this point, but its hard not to look at this situation and wonder why there couldn't be a better option.
Aside from the trails off the peak the expert runs are relatively short, with the only exception being B-slope. Bronco is a nice trail as well but it is frequently used by the mountain's ski team and for regional races. So this limits expert options. Beginners are faced with even slimmer options. Beyond the usual suspects off the Bonanza lift the main mountain really offers two relatively long beginner runs.
If you find yourself tired of the Killington crowds and don't want to drive far give Pico a shot. It's not a bad option for a day or two.