New water source at Pico approved, snowmaking upgrades underway

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New water source at Pico approved, snowmaking upgrades underway

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 12:08pm -- tim
Largest Investment in Pico Mountain Over Last 20 Years; Installation to Begin Immediately

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Pico Mountain announced today the Land Use Permit has been approved as part of major upgrades to its snowmaking system. Starting in the 2019-20 season guests will experience a better, more consistent and more reliable snow surface.

District Environmental Commission: "This permit specifically authorizes the provision of supplemental water to the Pico snowmaking system from the Killington snowmaking system via an above ground 8,000 foot, 8 inch pipeline, existing snowmaking pipeline upgrades/replacement at Pico, and the re-location of Killington's existing Ottauquechee River Intake."

Pico, part of the POWDR adventure lifestyle company, will increase the frequency at which it is able to make snow by tapping a new source of water.

Pico is host to the Special Olympics Vermont Winter Games. VBM photo.

“Thanks to the momentous effort put forth by our environmental consultant, VHB, and mountain operations team over the last three years, we will be able to provide a better guest experience at Pico,” says Jeff Temple, director of mountain operations. “Rather than relying exclusively on the streams as we do now, we will build a 16,850 foot pipeline to source water from Killington.”

Additional improvements to Pico’s snowmaking system, which are already in progress, include the installation of more than 4,000 feet of new snowmaking pipe and the replacement of 5,460 feet of existing snowmaking pipe. This spring, the Pico primary pump House will undergo a complete overhaul with the addition of three new pumps and a new control system, completing this two-phase snowmaking improvement project. Pico’s snowmaking upgrades will enable the resort to recover from inclement weather at a much faster rate.  

“Pico’s known for big mountain skiing and riding amidst its small mountain charm,” says Rich McCoy, director of operations at Pico Mountain. “These snowmaking upgrades raise the bar. This season, guests can expect trail count to increase faster and recovery time after bad weather to shorten.”

Pico’s 2019-20 My Pico Season Passes are on sale now with a new Kids Ski Free promotion, offering a free season pass to kids 12 and under with the purchase of an adult pass. Complete details on the offer and a full list of 2019-20 Pico Mountain season passes, seasonal programs, seasonal lockers and rentals can be found at

About Pico Mountain:

In 1937 on Thanksgiving morning, a legend was born: Pico Mountain Ski Resort. Although it was humbly equipped with only a 1,200’ rope tow powered by a Hudson motor car engine, skiers – true skiers – loved it. Since then a lot has changed, but the love for the mountain still lives today, and it’s as strong as ever. Families and skiing traditionalists now enjoy 56 trails and a Terrain Park serviced by seven lifts, including two high-speed detachable quads. With more vertical drop than 80% of New England ski areas, Pico Mountain is your home for family mountain fun with big mountain terrain and small mountain charm. Pico is part of the POWDR portfolio. Visit for more information or #mypicomtn.

Source: Pico. 9.20.2019