- Overall Rating 3
- Family Friendly 1
- All-Mtn. Terrain 4
- Terrain Park 3
- Nightlife 4
Date Visited: Mar 1, 2008
Killington/Pico has always been one of the best places in the east to ski. I've skied just about every area on the east coast and yes some places get more natural snow, have better scenery, more high speed lifts, less crowds etc. The new management has done a very good job with the mountain in terms of making snow. They've blown snow on trails that haven't seen snowmaking in years. They have kept up with what ASC started in grooming terrain that never was groomed before. What they are doing with the mountain is excellent. Unfortunately it's not always about the mountain.
The new owners/management seems to have gone out of their way to piss off just about everyone that ski's there. They can definitely use a lot of help in the public relations area. Fire all the employees and tell them if they want their jobs back they'll be paid less and no benefits if the job is still available at all. Tell the original bondholders no more life time passes. Raise season pass prices 75% and announce they will close early this year. No longer offer discounted (bulk) lift tickets to the many ski clubs in the area. Close Pico during the week. Raise lift ticket prices and still charge full rate even when 3/4 of the mountain is closed due to weather. Close Stage 1 of the gondala during the week so that all the ski in/ski out condo's on the lower mountain need to drive to the parking lots. No longer sponsor clinics for ski patrol and ski school. Not let the kids of Mendon ski free after school even though the town gave up land to the old owners for the sewer line of their hotel. Charge full price for lift tickets and close most of the base facilities and 1/2 the lifts. Double the fees for day care. Hire foreigners instead of local people to operate the facilities. No weekly discount days for locals. Who knows what else they have dreamed up in their penny pinching minds.
The reality company that bought the mountain wants out because they didn't get approval for the base village they wanted to construct. Powder thinks they know how to run a ski area. Maybe out west they do but this is the east. They have a lot of competition in the east that still offer these jestures of good will to their employees, locals, and their customers. The whole state of Vermont should watch out that they don't price themselves out of business. It is much less expensive to ski next door in New Hampshire and even less money to ski in Quebec. The best thing Powder could do right now is hire a good PR man to try to undo what took them only a couple of months to do. Maybe I'm wrong but I don't think so. Time will tell.