Pico Mountain Ski Resort, Vermont

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Pico Mountain Ski Resort in Vermont and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging and webcams. Pico is located in central Vermont, near the city of Rutland. The slopes of Pico Mountain Ski Resort are situated on the northwest side of Pico Peak. Winter ski enthusiasts Brad and Janet […]

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Pico Mountain Ski Resort in Vermont and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging and webcams.

Pico is located in central Vermont, near the city of Rutland. The slopes of Pico Mountain Ski Resort are situated on the northwest side of Pico Peak. Winter ski enthusiasts Brad and Janet Mead opened the Pico ski area as a Rope Tow area operation on November 25, 1937.

The families’ love of skiing helped to produce a champion as their daughter Andrea won two gold medals in the skiing disciplines of slalom and giant slalom in the Oslo, Norway 1952 Winter Olympics. The year 1938 saw the first of many years of expansion at Pico Mountain with the almost 2000ft/610m Hike to Trail added to the terrain.

Pico Mountain Ski Resort will always hold a key place in history as being the first United States ski area to install and operate a T-Bar lift beginning in January 1941. Pico Mountain Ski Resort continued to improve and in 1954, the ski area installed its first chairlift, a double.

Pico provides a big mountain environment with a cozy and relaxed atmosphere that is great for the family to get out and enjoy the slopes. All trails lead to one common village and the base area where you can meet old friends or even make new ones. In 2012/13, Pico Mountain celebrated its 75th Anniversary and today it is a ski and snowboard area with modern lifts and awesome terrain.

On the Slopes

  • Pico Mountain Ski Resort has a great selection of terrain, and the trail layout resembles a hand-held fan. The Little Pico Triple chairlift, Golden Express Quad and the Summit Express Quad chairlift are positioned to deliver you to terrain that will present a challenge to all ability levels. Looking for a challenge, then make you way to the top of the mountain and Pico Peak to begin your descent on the advanced trail of Upper Piste.
  • Pico Mountain Ski Resort keeps it simple for the terrain park enthusiast at the Triple Slope Terrain Park that you can access via the Knoll Triple Chair. This park features rails, boxes and jumps that are geared toward offering a great experience to beginner and intermediate thrill seekers. Even though the terrain park only has small and medium features, do not let this stop you from taking advantage of the chance to take your skills to the next level.
  • The Snow Sports School at Pico Mountain is committed to improving your skill level by offering various lessons and programs to help your develop your skills. There is the “Learn to Ski and Ride” program for ages 7 and up, as well as, group, private, Telemark lessons and the popular Thursday program for ladies and the Friday program for guys.
  • Pico Mountain Ski Resort is committed to being recognized as a family-friendly place to come and make the most of your valuable vacation time. The Tiny Trekkers Child Care Center for ages 12 weeks to 12 years provides a safe place for kids to enjoy the day while their parents enjoy some quality time carving up the slopes.
  • Pico Mountain is home to a wonderful non-profit organization, Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports whose mission it is to provide support to individuals with disabilities who may find it a challenge to enjoy winter activities. Their trained instructors can assist all ability levels, and the programs are geared toward the thrill of learning and enjoying all that winter has to offer on the slopes.

Off the Slopes

  • Pico Mountain Ski Resort has various slope-side lodging options at the base, which means more time for skiing and riding. You’ll also find shopping in Pico Sports where you will discover hats, gloves, goggles, souvenirs and other merchandise items. Pico Mountain is home over five establishments for food and beverage. All this combined with great terrain should make your experience complete.
  • Looking for an alternate activity on your day away from the slopes, then check out the nearby Rutland area where you will discover snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, sleigh rides and the indoor Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center. Also, Rutland is home to many arts and cultural events, a vast selection of dining options and of course, shopping. Lodging in Rutland is an option with a vast selection of choices to meet your needs.
  • Getting to Pico Mountain and around the city of Rutland is made easy with the Marble Valley Regional Transit District also known as “The Bus”. The Bus has a vast transit grid to help keep you on the move. The Diamond Express route operates on a regular schedule and will take you to the Base of Pico Mountain from downtown Rutland for a small fee. Visit The Bus for more information or use the Helpful Link below.
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Mountain Information

Current Status: Closed

Mountain Essentials

Vertical Drop:
1967 ft / 600 m

Base Elevation:
2000 ft / 610 m

Summit Elevation:
3967 ft / 1210 m

Skiable Area:
468 acres

Average Snowfall:
250 in / 635 cm

Trail Map

Snow Report

Weather Conditions

Mountain Terrain

Total Trails: 57

Beginner: 10 (18%)

Intermediate: 26 (46%)

Advanced: 18 (31%)

Expert: 3 (5%)

Terrain Parks & Pipes: 1

Snow Cross: No

Super Pipe: No

Half Pipe: No

Jib Park: Yes


Ski & Snowboard School: Both

Rentals & Repairs: Yes

Parking:  Free

Retail Shops: Yes

Children’s Ski Programs: Yes

Women's Ski Programs: Yes

Adaptive Ski Programs: Yes

Childcare: Yes

Day Lodges: Yes

Restaurants: Yes

Distance from...

Nearest Airport:
Burlington VT , 91mi / 147km

Nearest Major City:
Rutland VT, 9mi / 15km

Nearest Town/City:
Rutland VT, 9mi / 15km

Mountain Operations

Season Dates: Dec 15 to Mar 25

Skiing & Snowboarding: Both

Open Days: M, Th, F, Sa, Su

Hours of Operation:
9:00am to 4:00pm : Sat-Sun & Peak Dates, 8:30am to 4:00pm : Open Tue-Wed Peak Dates : Hours maybe subject to change.

Night Skiing: No

Lift Ticket Prices


Lift Information

Total Lifts: 7

Express Quad Chairs: 2

Triple Chairs: 2

Double Chairs: 2

Surface Lifts: 1


Mountainside: Yes

Within 20mi / 33km: Yes

Closest Airport(s)

What our Convenience Rankings™ mean

Burlington Intl Airport  (BTV)
Distance: 91 mi / 147 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Contact Info

Central Reservations: 1-800-667-7426

Direct Phone: 802-422-6200

Snow Phone: 802-422-1200

Helpful Links

Official Ski Resort Site

Mountainside Lodging

Nearby Lodging

Tourism Site

Local Transit Service