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Pico Limits Operating Days

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For all you Killington/Pico watchers, here's a press release for you. Read it and weep!

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PICO MOUNTAIN ANNOUNCES 2007-08 SEASON PASS PRICES, OPERATIONAL SCHEDULE
Wednesday, July 11, 2007

KILLINGTON, Vt. – Pico Mountain announces 2007-08 season pass prices and products for skiers and riders to enjoy unlimited access and kick off the resort’s 70th season as one of the New England’s classic family ski areas.

The Pico Mountain season pass is available for $399 for Adults (19-64 years old), $329 for Young Adults (13-1 and Seniors (65-69), and $299 for Juniors (6-12) and Super Seniors (70+); and $29 for Kids 5 and under. All prices are valid through October 9 and are subject to Vermont State sales tax.

“A Pico Mountain season pass provides an outstanding value for those planning on skiing or riding for more than 10 days this season and who desire unlimited direct-to-lift access to a big mountain with small mountain charm,” said Dave Rathbun of Killington sales and marketing.

For the 2007-08 season, Pico Mountain will operate Thursday through Monday, with the exception of Dec. 24-28; Dec. 31 – Jan. 4; and Feb. 18-22, 2008, when the resort will operate seven days a week. Pass holders may present their Pico Mountain pass at Killington on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to receive 50-percent off window ticket rates, with the exception of Dec. 25-26; Jan. 1-2; and Feb. 19-20. Operating hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Pico Mountain is scheduled to operate for the 2007-08 season Saturday, Dec. 15 through Sunday, March 30, weather and conditions permitting.

“Pico Mountain has a unique ambiance and heritage rooted in ski racing, family recreation and the birth of skiing in North America,” Rathbun added. “It was a tough decision to reduce the operating days, but one that needed to be made to set Pico up for future success.”

As one of the first ski resorts in Vermont, Pico Mountain opened on Thanksgiving Day, 1937 with a 1,200-foot rope tow and a base hut at Little Pico. Today, a Pico Mountain season pass provides access to more than 200 acres of classic New England terrain served by six lifts, including two express quad chairs. More than 70 percent of the terrain is also covered by snowmaking and groomed by a fleet of state-of-the-art snow cats.

This summer $3 million is being invested to improve the on-mountain experience between Killington Resort and Pico Mountain, including snowmaking pipe replacement, additional low-energy snowmaking equipment, base lodge upgrades and many behind the scenes maintenance projects. At Pico Mountain specifically, major snowmaking infrastructure is being replaced which will increase operational efficiency, especially on the upper sections of the mountain. These improvements are in addition to the many that took place at the resort last season, including a fresh look throughout the base area with numerous improvement projects, restroom remodeling; a fresh look for lifts and lift terminals; and a new deck off the base lodge.

To purchase a Pico Mountain Season Pass or for more information, visit www.picomountain.com.
post #2 of 13
WOW, that is really absurd. So am I reading that right, season passholders don't have free skiing on Tuesday and Wednesday?
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Originally Posted by 2-turn View Post
WOW, that is really absurd. So am I reading that right, season passholders don't have free skiing on Tuesday and Wednesday?

Sounds more like everybody skis free on tues and weds as long as they hike up and can avoid getting caught trespassing.

Probably going to be some epic thursdays! 2 days and 3 nights of untrampled accumulation.
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As a pass holder, I really appreciate the ability to ski when the crowds are down. I got most of my ski days last year midweek. There were many days where my small group (5-7 regulars) were the majority of the skiers on the hill. On lift rides up we would comment about how it seemed impossible for the hill to make any profit with 4/7 of their days like this - Thursdays are ski club days and 5-6 school systems bombard the area with many buses. They make a ton of money on food sales on Thursdays.

From a business perspective, it makes sense. It seems that Pico is trying to save a little money to re-invest in the area. Reducing operating costs by 2/7 is a quick and easy way to pad the bottom line. A better tactic would have been to comp Killington tickets on Tuesday and Wednesday. Are they still the same company? The numbers would be small, I'm guessing.
post #5 of 13
Part of the reason to be a pass holder is to take advantage of the weekdays. But then, if they are staffing the place on week days and only getting pass holders, that's not much revenue at the window.
Short sighted way to spur on revenue during the week, while possibly turning away those who would have bought season pass'???
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I just hope it doesn't snow those days. IMHO, if they allowed Pico Passholders have the ability to ski Kton those days for either free or a 29.00 ticket, that would be fine.
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
Sounds more like everybody skis free on tues and weds as long as they hike up and can avoid getting caught trespassing.

Probably going to be some epic thursdays! 2 days and 3 nights of untrampled accumulation.
Don't worry, I'm sure they'll groom it all out for us...........:
post #8 of 13
Wow. It's not often that a press release supposedly promoting something reads more like an apology.

You POWDR doom-and-gloomers may have a point.
post #9 of 13
There have been plenty of areas that operate on a five day schedule, including Alpental, and Baker in the old days. From a fiscal standpoint it makes sense, because many hills lose money mid week. Of course, you have the choice to vote with your pocketbook to not buy their season pass.
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Originally Posted by bjohansson View Post
As a pass holder, I really appreciate the ability to ski when the crowds are down.

From a business perspective, it makes sense. ...A better tactic would have been to comp Killington tickets on Tuesday and Wednesday. Are they still the same company? The numbers would be small, I'm guessing.
July 11, 2007

Dear All:

I agree with bjohansson and Phil about comping Killington tickets.

The three areas operated by SnoTyme here in the DC area honor each others season passes, as well as daily tickets. That made me lose only one weekend last January during the big meltdown. Also, it extended my local season by two weeks as well since the three areas did a gradual sequential shut down.

CharlieP
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by Harry_Morgan View Post
There have been plenty of areas that operate on a five day schedule, including Alpental, and Baker in the old days. From a fiscal standpoint it makes sense, because many hills lose money mid week. Of course, you have the choice to vote with your pocketbook to not buy their season pass.
Harry, while you are correct, in this environment this news can only be taken as a negative. Pico will probably be the least-operating major ski area in VT next year.
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
Probably going to be some epic thursdays! 2 days and 3 nights of untrampled accumulation.
It actually may boost day ticket sales on Thursday to make up for it. A good storm on Monday night, and you may see me buying a ticket there on Thursday. Hows thier lift serve glade skiing?
Plattekill, in New York, used to have that benefit, they were only open Friday to Sunday, and any big snow falling Monday to Wednesday found me buying a ticket at 7:30am on Friday Morning. I haven't been there since they changed thier policy and open after the day after any big storms.
post #13 of 13
Don't worry we'll all have the last laugh when global warming puts them out of business! Hahahahaha,.... No,um, wait?!
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