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post #31 of 45
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I have experienced Pico as a kid so I have no idea. Isn't there a combo ticket w Kton?

Kton definitely suffers from excessive bros. I will say Klton has improved a lot in the last few years. Somewhat a different vibe. The new lodge/restaraunt is nice at top of Gondi but get there early. Like 11, 11:30 prob too late.

I think the Kton ticket lets you ski Pico but not the other way around. Which may actually work against Pico as by sunday when more SaturdayKton people get word of less crowds at Pico. If it even is less crowded considering the percentage open as I been asking about.

post #32 of 45
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I think the Kton ticket lets you ski Pico but not the other way around.

I think you're right.
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Which may actually work against Pico as by sunday when more SaturdayKton people get word of less crowds at Pico. If it even is less crowded considering the percentage open as I been asking about.

Now you're over thinking things.
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I think you're right.
Now you're over thinking things.

haha. I always overthink. I often play devils advocate in my own mind. You should see the fights inside my brain :)

post #34 of 45
Yea Kton tickets good at Pico.
I looked at the list of trails looks pretty good. Bunch of blacks closed i suspect they're woods?
http://www.picomountain.com/winter/the_mountain/conditions/@@snowreport-detailed.html
Can one "upgrade" a Pico ticket? I'd ski Pico Sat.
Your Alcohol theory may be valid for Kton not so much Okemo. You've got to think kids and ski school plus buses coming for the day.

You also forget for Kton the early 20 something abity to get up and go. Usually it's sports games, approaching weather, cold or liquid snow that clears them out at Okemo If for example a bad storm is predicted for sun afternoon and monday prob they'll leave at noon.
post #35 of 45

come up and check out the Middlebury Snowbowl, about 35 minutes north of Rutland $55 adult tickets and $45 students, you can get a 1/2 day either am or pm, we have full operation as of today yes only 14 trails ( but you can ski boundary to boundary), but there won't be any crowds during Sat or Sun, ski right on to the lift. Might be a race going on with a somewhat crowded parking lot but there will be no lift lines.

post #36 of 45

I wouldn't sweat the crowds at Killington, it's big enough and got enough open trails to disperse the crowd I would think. I'm going! 

post #37 of 45
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fwiw I just checked weather and Sat is teens but little wind so that's great imo :)  But Sunday looks to be a warmer front comes in. Mid/upper 30's (38*) which would also be ok however they are calling (at least for now) for afternoon rain. Bummer with that :( 

post #38 of 45
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I wouldn't sweat the crowds at Killington, it's big enough and got enough open trails to disperse the crowd I would think. I'm going! 

If you know where to go...I hate skiing this weekend but I don't really have a choice due to commitments other weekends this month. 

 

I would stay far away from bear/gondola lol

post #39 of 45

Pico Card $89

not sure if one card buys multiple tickets though.

 

http://www.picomountain.com/winter/tickets_and_passes/express_card

 

Planning to ski or ride four days or more this season?

With an Express Card, you'll save 50% off midweek and 25% off weekend / peak ticket rates every time you hit the hill, plus direct-to-lift convenience.

 

  Purchase
Price
Midweek
You Pay
Weekend / Peak*
You Pay
Adults (19-64) $89 $27 $51.75
Senior (65-79) $76 $23 $44.25
Youth (7-18) $69 $21 $39.75
 

 

Express Cards are also valid at Killington Resort for 50% off midweek and 25% off weekend / peak Killington 1-day window rate.

post #40 of 45
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Pico Card $89

not sure if one card buys multiple tickets though.

 

http://www.picomountain.com/winter/tickets_and_passes/express_card

 

Planning to ski or ride four days or more this season?

With an Express Card, you'll save 50% off midweek and 25% off weekend / peak ticket rates every time you hit the hill, plus direct-to-lift convenience.

 

  Purchase
Price
Midweek
You Pay
Weekend / Peak*
You Pay
Adults (19-64) $89 $27 $51.75
Senior (65-79) $76 $23 $44.25
Youth (7-18) $69 $21 $39.75
 

 

Express Cards are also valid at Killington Resort for 50% off midweek and 25% off weekend / peak Killington 1-day window rate.


you get the card for each person. One ticket per day charged to credit card 1st time you go thru a scanner, basically looks like a seasons pass but they charge you each day at the discounted rate 25%off weekends, 50%off midweek

post #41 of 45
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And so I ended up at Pico. The longest we ever waited was maybe 10 minutes and that was on only a few occasions. I don't think any other wait was longer than two songs worth of time that were playing through the speakers at the lifts. It was well worth it. The price was right and the atmosphere was really nice. The only negative was trying to sit and eat with the family. Took us 1/2 hour just to finally be able to sit. And the food was simply put, "horrible" .   The second day we went for pizza and at least was decently edible. But to be fair, a lot of places don't have the ski lodge space to accommodate holiday weekend crowds nor do they have great food either. But for the skiing (which is why we were there) I think it was a great choice vs the mobs at its big sister unless one chimes in and says Kton was not crowded. But anyway, a real friendly place, good people and real nice skiing. I cant really see where any skiing woud have been any better at Kton. More choices for exploring different trails perhaps, but not any better and not as warm r inviting of a feeling. And at a considerable discount too. Minimal waits and never a crowded trail for any length of time. Well worth it, Thanks for bringing it up.

post #42 of 45

Glad you had a good time at Pico.  I love its atmosphere and it sounds like you picked up on that. During the week its almost like having your own private mountain and when there's fresh snow it's magical.  I was there after the storm in mid-December and it was lap after lap with most chairs going up empty despite over a foot of fresh snow. 

post #43 of 45
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Glad you had a good time at Pico.  I love its atmosphere and it sounds like you picked up on that. During the week its almost like having your own private mountain and when there's fresh snow it's magical.  I was there after the storm in mid-December and it was lap after lap with most chairs going up empty despite over a foot of fresh snow. 

I sure hope for the sake of the locals and people who frequent Pico that Kton doesn't end up eventually incorporating it into their own commercialism and ruin it. that would be shame.

post #44 of 45
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And so I ended up at Pico. The longest we ever waited was maybe 10 minutes and that was on only a few occasions. I don't think any other wait was longer than two songs worth of time that were playing through the speakers at the lifts. It was well worth it. The price was right and the atmosphere was really nice. The only negative was trying to sit and eat with the family. Took us 1/2 hour just to finally be able to sit. And the food was simply put, "horrible" .   The second day we went for pizza and at least was decently edible. But to be fair, a lot of places don't have the ski lodge space to accommodate holiday weekend crowds nor do they have great food either. But for the skiing (which is why we were there) I think it was a great choice vs the mobs at its big sister unless one chimes in and says Kton was not crowded. But anyway, a real friendly place, good people and real nice skiing. I cant really see where any skiing woud have been any better at Kton. More choices for exploring different trails perhaps, but not any better and not as warm r inviting of a feeling. And at a considerable discount too. Minimal waits and never a crowded trail for any length of time. Well worth it, Thanks for bringing it up.

Should've eaten upstairs at the bar. Food is better & it's more comfortable.

post #45 of 45
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Should've eaten upstairs at the bar. Food is better & it's more comfortable.

yea I ventured up there figuring it would be but guess what? It was packed too and no one was moving. The second day I hit the pizza side and got in there relatively early and ended up being a great move. We ate comfortably and headed back out for more. Wasn't the best pizza lol but peproni can help mask a less than desirable pizza :)

 

fwiw my brother is hoping to hit Vermont in march with his fam and I am pushing for him to hit Pico, save some bucks and get a lot of skiing in. Especially in march when most likely the entire mountain will be open and conditions probably very good. But he seems to be looking mount snow and it is about an hour closer drivng wise and wont be a holiday weekend so he should be decently ok crowd wise anyway. But I do have him now seriously considering Pico. 

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