Although the Beast of the East is known for its snowmaking muscle, the little sister of legendary Killington Resort, Vermont’s Pico Mountain, will see major upgrades to its snowmaking system next season.
Starting in the 2019-20 season guests will experience a better, more consistent and more reliable snow surface. Pending permit approval, the $2.1 million investment will be the largest since Killington took ownership of Pico more than 20 years ago.
Pico will increase the frequency at which it is able to make snow by tapping a new source of water. “Rather than relying on the streams as we do now, we will build a 16,850 foot pipeline to source water from Killington,” says Jeff Temple, director of mountain operations. “This gives Pico the ability to make more snow, for longer periods of time and deliver a better guest experience.”
Additional improvements to Pico’s snowmaking include the installation of more than 4,000 feet of new snowmaking pipe, the replacement of 5,418 existing feet of snowmaking pipe, and an new additional pump in Pico pump house.
Pico’s snowmaking upgrades will enable the resort to double snowmaking capacity and recover from inclement weather at a much faster rate. “With this much increased snowmaking capacity, guests will see the trail count rise faster early season and after unseasonable weather they won’t have to wait days for recovered snow surfaces,” added Temple.
Pico’s 2019-20 My Pico Season Passes are on sale now and valid for lift access from the date of purchase through closing day for new pass holders. Adult passes are $419 through June 13, 2019, then prices go up.
“We’re incredibly excited to be able to offer improved access at an amazing value to Pico’s small mountain charm and big mountain skiing and riding,” says Mike Solimano, president and general manager. “These snowmaking system improvements won’t necessarily be visible but skiers and riders are sure to benefit all season long.”