Pros: Small, Manageable, Old Vermont Feel, Varied Terrain
Cons: Not Much Off Piste, Not Open Every Day
We have been taking a 4 day trip to Killington every year for the last 15-20 years. This year, we decided to ski on Saturday, which is usually our travel day. We had no desire to fight the crowds at Killington on Saturday, so we headed to Pico.
Parking and access were a breeze. The base lodge is not huge, but has a warm feel. Everything runs down to the same base, so families with kids do not need to worry about getting separated. There are 50 trails available, and all were open for skiing. The worst lift line we waited on was about 7 minutes ... not bad for a Saturday in prime season.
There are 2 express quads in the available lifts. The Golden Express Quad takes skiers/riders up from the base, but the Summit Express Quad takes skiers to the peak and is the better lift to stay on for shorter lines. There are plenty of trails to sample from this chair. Summit Glades is a personal favorite, but there is a nice variety for Intermediate, Advanced and Expert skiers alike. For the biggest challenge at Pico, try Upper Giant Killer. All the runs off the Summit Express Chair are nice and long, so you don't miss much (other than crowds) by staying on this chair.
If you are a fan of off-piste terrain, or are looking for a place big enough that you can ski for several days without hitting the same run twice, this is not your mountain. If you like older style resorts, need a family-friendly mountain, and a surprising variety of fun runs, give Pico a try. We plan to make this a regular stop on Saturday of our annual Killington trip. I had not been to Pico for at least 15 years, but am very glad to "rediscover" it. Next time, I will try to bring my 6 year old daughter as well, since I would have no problem feeling confident that she would enjoy it and we would not be overwhelmed managing the trip. Like the title of this review says, Pico is worth a visit!