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Reviews for Pico Mountain
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Pico is a nice place, the mountain itself has the goods, especially in the trees. In bounds the expert terrain is very limited though. In general the terrain is limited and it does not handle crowds well, thankfully outside of holidays there are no crowds. There is no terrain park not even small features most times. The Snow making is a joke, in years past they had capacity issues but now this year with totally upgraded snowmaking capabilities they do not use it, pretty much 49er and pike see snow guns the rest get ignored it is mostly natural skiing. Pico ski school is great but all other facilities are kind of ignored. My advise is come here when natural snow is around and really only if you are looking for a family experience. We come with the kiddos because we like the ski school more than Killington and it is much easier to pick up and drop off without totally messing up your ski day. We like it but many of our more experienced friends will come for a day or so and get bored so go to Killington. The other issue they have is antiquated lifts that malfunction far too often. It does have charm though and is totally unlike Killington, it is a different world and one that unfortunately often is neglected. Sometimes it seems like they don't remember it is even there, if you do dense woods it skis a lot bigger than it seems and frankly has better and more straightforward terrain than anything outside of bear at K. If you are an inbounds skier and not a beginner do yourself a favor and go to Killington unless there has been a massive dump. The other problem is the that 49er gets totally destroyed as it is the only thing people go down. Pricing used to be really good but now at $89 for a day ticket it is a bit steep given the lack of snow making.... Full Review
First time skiing Pico this weekend. Normally I go to Killington, Okemo, Stowe, Mt Snow. Never waited in a lift line longer then 3 minutes, and that may have been only once. They had a good mix of groomed and not groomed trails. Its been a crap winter for all resorts in Southern Vermont so I cannot fault them for the wind blown top third of the mountain. That's on mother nature. the rest of the mountain was terrific, and I can only patiently wait for a pow day to see what that mountain can truly be. Also seemed like a great place to learn to ski. The runs off the main lift are perfect for it. Very chill atmosphere, very friendly and proud staff. ... Full Review
Pico is a nice sized mountain with a good amount of trails, and a good value for what it is. The bad part is, that when I went, I was disappointed because a foot of snow had just fallen and the snow still was not that great and was skied off quickly. There were also not as many trails open as I had expected.... Full Review
Early December 2017 I called to enquire about family deals/packages . I explained to the customer service representative that I came to Pico in 2014 to learn to ski with my children . At the end of the 3 days program in 2014 each of us received a card giving us a season discount if we came back. We never used it. The representative checked with her supervisor and told me that if we bring it back the resort will reactivate the card. During the Christmas break of 2017 we arrived at Pico and went to the guest services to have the cards activated. At the guest services the staff told us that the cards had expired and could not be activated. I explained to them that I had been assured over the phone by the customer service representative, I mentioned the name me of the person I spoke with. To cut a long story the discussion went on for about 45min before they agreed, We had traveled 3 hours and having to haggle for 1 hour for not pleasant.
The inconsistency between what we were told came up again the next day at the rental. The first day we were told the return our equipment at the end of the day which we did. When we went to pick up the equipment on day 2 we were told we should not have returned the equipment because the staff would have to readjust the bindings for the skis. Pico needs to make sure the various departments communicate better. Pico should come up with a consistent policy regarding the multi day equipment rental . It would make it easier for the guests and the staff.
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great place for intermediate and advanced skiers. ... Full Review
I scored 44.00 lift tickets on Working Advantage to Pico. We arrived at 8 and were on the hill by 8:30. It's a weird layout and took us a bit to figure out the terrain. The main lift does not take you to the top. One must connect to another lift and much of the top is expert.
Sadly, the entire mountain was hard icy corduroy. I was really apprehensive. A few trails (Prospector) were pure ice. I did a few runs and decided to wait an hour for the temps to warm and soften up. No joy, it was mostly icy all day. My boyfriend was all over and boarded 5 hours to get a day in but overall he was so frustrated with the conditions.
We suspect the warm soft conditions of Sat. and Sun. just froze up. This of course is no fault of Pico. Folks were nice. The lodge was crowded and overall, we didn't love it as we had hoped.
Outpost double exit was treacherous; super steep and narrow. Not snowboard friendly.
The lodge is cramped and small.
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Rented Condo at Pico because we could easily access Killington from there. Ironically, we seemed to enjoy our day at Pico better than Killington. I have travels the long trek from Western Pa twice now to spend spring break with my son. He is a far more advanced skier than I, and although advanced slopes are limited, in comparison to Killington, they are every bit as challenging. The best part about Pico is their staff. They are amazingly friendly, and go the extra mile to take care of their guests. As an example, I broke my ski boot on a boulder top on their most advanced slope. Believing my day was done, I went to the rental desk to inquire about rental skis. The staff actually recognized us, knew we were staying at the resort, and comped out a pair of skis, NO CHARGE!!! Then, the gift shop was having a year end close out sale of some of their souvenir merchandise. They sold me everything at 50% off. I bought way more and spent way less than I did for 1 or 2 items at Killington. I get the impression that this is the perfect family resort, and will always be grateful to them for making a life long memory! The condos are a little dated, but very nice, over all, and if you want to spend your time at Killington,you will save yourself a lot of money, THAT SAID, be sure, if you can, to allow time to ski a day at Pico. You won't be disappointed! ... Full Review
Excellent for learning to ski. Great value for learning to ski. Uncrowded. Very friendly and helpful resort staff. Instructors were highly experienced and genuinely interested in teaching. Although the resort opened late and only a few trails were open due to very little snow in 2015-16, we had great experience due to above reasons. ... Full Review