Pico Mountain

73 Alpine Dr, Mendon , VT (Driving Directions to Pico Mountain)
Last Updated: 10/23/2016 10:08 PM

Pico Mountain Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 10 Beginner
  • 26 Intermediate
  • 21 Advanced
Pico is one of Vermont's largest mountains. How big? It has more vertical drop than 80% of the downhill ski areas in New England. Those 1,967 feet are spread over 57 trails and 468 skiable acres, with lots of choices for all abilities.

One of Pico's most enjoyable attributes is that it is undeniably a big mountain, but with a small ... ski area's personal touch. There are mogul trails, glades and groomed steeps, but all the trails lead back to the same base area.

The Pike, Pico's longest trail, begins at the summit and terminates right outside the base lodge. From the summit, skiers and riders can try 49er or the winding and narrow black diamonds Summit Glades, Upper KA, and Sunset 71. If you’re up to it, take a shot at the mountain's steepest, most difficult trail, Giant Killer – it’s called that for a reason. Pico also has two tree skiing areas - Birch Woods and Doozie.

First-time skiers and snowboarders can board an easy-to-use chairlift, new rope tow and two gentle learning trails at the Bonanza area. Cruisers can enjoy run after run on the groomed green circle and blue square trails off the Golden Express Quad. Powder hounds will delight in fresh tracks days after a snowstorm if they can find their way into the Birch or Summit Glades.

Pico Mountain offers the friendly intimacy of classic Vermont skiing with uncrowded slopes, long runs and diverse terrain, plus a central base village and lodge complete with a roaring fire in a stone fireplace. However, Pico offers big-time skiing and snowboarding with a 1,967-foot vertical and 50 trails, seven lifts (including two high-speed quads), timed racing arenas, a terrain park and 75% snowmaking coverage.
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Pico Mountain Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Grooming Grooming
    This resort grooms a portion of its slopes.
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
    This resort is known for providing a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Expert Favorite Expert Favorite
    This resort is known for its challenging terrain.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Pico Mountain Operations


Opening Soon for Snow Sports

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 7

Weekday Hours


Trails Open/Total

0 of 57

Weekend Hours


Pico Mountain Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

2,000 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

1,967 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

3,967 ft

Pico Mountain Ski Pictures and Photos

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Pico Mountain Trail Map

Pico Mountain Reviews & Tips (34)

Pico is underrated. Everyone wants to go to Killington. Killington has the bigger mountain and more runs, yeah.. But Pico is literally around the corner and has so much to offer for New England skiing. The left side of the mountain has the good skiing. There is a lift that takes from the middle to the tippy top. That is where you want to hang out all day. Great windy trails that surround you with Evergreens. You feel connected to nature here. If you're lucky enough to get a powder day, GO IN THE GLADES. I had my best skiing on the East Coast here last season. My last time I went was after a bad winter for skiing. But I still had a great time. A little icy but that was nothing Pico could have done. The mogul run in the middle of the lift was great. I like Pico a lot. You will too.
Pico Mountain review written Mar 02 2016 - 03:10 PM
Nick Advanced Skier
Just returned from a 4v day epic Spring skiing Marathon .Started at Stowe Hit Sugarbush ,MRG and finally Pico. Ahhh Pico on Monday was Epic ...Bluebird sky's no one there large groomed boulevards of corduroy and every trail skiable and fresh snow had started to fall the summit was Epic and the glade skiing a blast ..We hit this mountain ant 9 am skied till 3 There is still so much snow and $25 lift tickets you'd be crazy not to ski here and if you want you can split the day btwn Pico all morning and then Killington on the same ticket ...Though I bet you won't want to leave the non crowed no lift line and the mountain all to yourself ...ask the locals I did and am still smiling
Pico Mountain review written Mar 18 2015 - 02:10 PM
Glenn Advanced Skier
My second weekday trip to Pico this season via a Liftopia ticket on 3/12. Not crowded, no lift lines and the people are friendly. This mountain is much more laid back than Killington next door. Not a knock on Killington, I enjoy skiing there too. Conditions were very icy since the temps were mild days before and then freezing the day I was there. Some of the blue squares were not groomed and had large frozen moguls. So, finally this season we get back to typical New England ski conditions, yeah?
Pico Mountain review written Mar 16 2015 - 07:21 AM
Jack Advanced Skier
What a great mountain! Took advantage of Pico's great deals on liftopia twice this winter. Both times, the resort was as I remembered it from about ten years ago. Friendly, uncrowded, and excellent terrain. You can easily lap the summit lift all day and not get tired of the runs.. KA, summit glades, birch glades, and Pike are all great, not to mention the stuff off the outpost lift. If you're looking for a cheaper and less crowded alternative to killington, this is your place.
Pico Mountain review written Mar 08 2015 - 01:37 PM
AMarchand Advanced Skier
When we got to Pico the summit lift was closed due to high winds, but they informed us if that if the summit lift did not open as of noon we could go to Killington! We went to Killington at noon for an epic powder of a foot plus of dry pow! We road the Skye ship express gondola all the way to the top! Unreal!
Pico Mountain review written Feb 11 2015 - 02:23 PM
Mylesofsmyles Advanced Snowboarder
Skied Pico Jan 22 which was the Thurs after a 14" snow on the Monday. Since pico is closed every tues and wed, we had all that snow waiting for us on the Thursday. Sweet. I have skied Pico a lot since 1976. This was one of the best coverage days ever....and almost no one there. We planned on skiing P in the AM and then heading to Killington after lunch, but the trees and glades were so nice we just stayed. Don't forget to check out the Outpost Chair...short vertical, but the bumps and trees are super fun and the vertical is real...no long run outs. Lots of smiles all day.
Pico Mountain review written Jan 30 2015 - 11:35 PM
Stuart Cameron Advanced Skier
Had a nice day at Pico shortly before New Years -- until we came back outside after lunch and my daughter's skis had disappeared! Someone probably grabbed the wrong skis by mistake, but they never reappeared, and it definitely ruined an otherwise positive first experience at Pico!
Pico Mountain review written Jan 09 2015 - 12:46 PM
WuTang Financial Intermediate Skier
For mediocre conditions (Mother Nature's fault, noit Pico's) the mountain was enjoyable the weekend of Jan 2-3, 2015. I do wish the chairs had foot rests, but I enjoyed the music and I prreciate how much lodge space Pico allocates for BYO lunchers. Whne the whole mountain is open, Pico is a great deal for a two-day ski-trip. Enough variety and challenge and space for all skills.
Pico Mountain review written Jan 04 2015 - 06:42 PM
Rufus T Woodrow Intermediate Skier
No lift lines, great snow all around the mountain, great value, and very friendly staff. Pico will be our families new destination, we are getting our next years season passes at Pico. There are many hidden gems on Pico. Definitely will recommend to friends and family.
Pico Mountain review written Apr 01 2014 - 03:18 PM
Glenn E.S. Advanced Snowboarder
Had an epic day at Pico on 3/24 making tons of high speed GS turns on 49er, Pike and KA. Don't miss Phat Italian in the Base Lodge if it's open. The Sarducci was one of the best sandwiches I've ever had. Terrific value. Will go again soon.
Pico Mountain review written Mar 27 2014 - 07:28 AM
Peter Advanced Skier
What a great mountain! I hadn't had the opportunity to ski Pico in several years, but i always had great memories! I skied it last Sunday and all of my memories were spot on! Great terrain, great snow and more wonderful memories! I won't wait so long to go back! What a great value for a family! Don't miss it!
Pico Mountain review written Mar 26 2014 - 09:08 AM
Kathy H Advanced Skier
The deal we got on Liftopia was ok, a few $'s cheaper than buying at the moutain, however we were unable to buy our daughter's lift ticket on Liftopia which was disappointing. I am a beginner and must say the green slopes are def not marked appropriately. They are steep and very difficult at some points yet the bunny slope is not challenging enough. The green slopes at Pico are more equivilent to the blue slopes in the Poconos. We skied on Friday, which was nice because it wasn't croweded but Saturday was another story. There was a race as well as a large company at the mountain. Lift lines were ridiculous and the # of people on the slopes was unbelievable. Also- they take very young children on the slopes and they ski in packs so it's very difficult to manuever around them, especially for a beginner. The lodge was over crowded on Saturday, had to stalk someone to get a table and lack of servers. On Friday, the bartender was trying to serve tables and was doing his best but ridiculous they don't have enough wait staff. would never go again on the weekend and will def. practice more before hitting these slopes so I can be properly prepared to ski on their green slopes.
Pico Mountain review written Mar 10 2014 - 09:35 AM
Lee Beginner Skier
Nice mountain no lift lines and no stress mountain. Waffle stand a plus!!
Pico Mountain review written Feb 25 2014 - 04:59 PM
Susan Intermediate Skier
Pico is a great family mountain. It's the first big mountain we let our tweens ski on their own because there is no place to get lost and the high speed quads make getting around the mountain easy. It has lots of technical and steep terrain for parents (or adventurous kids) especially after a big snowfall when all the bump and tree runs are open. Been coming here since the late 70s and I never get bored because they are always cutting new tree runs and the views from the peak can't be beat!
Pico Mountain review written Feb 18 2014 - 02:41 PM
Laura Advanced Skier
After a thirteen year hiatus and a weekend at a couple of local hills in North NJ, Pico was perfect. All the lifts and runs were open and for most of the weekend the conditions were excellent. Some thin cover and ice popped through in the latter part of the days but over all it was great. Be prepared for a very cold start in the morning. Face cover is a must especially if theres weather moving in. The lift lines moved smoothly and the staff was very nice and helpful. Even during the busiest time each day the waits were negligable. Even better was the few hours running single and the less then 30 second wait on the singleline. Thanks liftopia, the rental and lift tickets took only a moment and I was right out making turns. I even tried a few more challenging runs with success.
Pico Mountain review written Feb 17 2014 - 03:34 PM
Keith K. Intermediate Skier
I personally enjoyed Pico and thought it was a good value, especially when going to the peak. Unfortunately, my wife who started skiing last year had an extremely difficult time getting down the green trail from the top of Golden Express skiing down Gold Rush to Swinger. The lowest part of swinger was way too steep to be labeled as a green trail and she had to walk down after becoming very frustrated and scared. She has been skiing several times since last year and I expected a green to be a green. Needless to say I got the brunt of it! It was actually easier for her to cut across from Gold Rush to Lower Pike. And the people there told us the only thing easier than that was the far right lift - Bonanza, which was too short and easy for her. The worst thing to do is label a difficult trail as a green and have beginners think that they can ski there.
Pico Mountain review written Feb 10 2014 - 02:17 PM
Downhill guy Advanced Skier
Pico is a great mountain for first time skiers. I took my 10 year old for his first ski mountain ever, and after one day he had the basic snowplow, get on the lift, and get equipment on and off, all for an entirely reasonable price... Very friendly staff, and endless kleenex in the bathrooms, which I thought a very nice touch I haven't seen at bigger resorts. I had a liftopia deal for $60 (apx) for two adult tickets, which is beyond dirt cheap. Not open Tuesday through Thursday except holiday periods....... Moved onto Okemo for days two through four with another great liftopia deal... Very satisfied with Liftopia, no problems using voucher at either Mountain, and this is my first two liftopia purchases ever......
Pico Mountain review written Feb 06 2014 - 05:00 AM
Chris V. Advanced Skier
I went there on Friday, Jan. 31st. The conditions were less than good and there was no evidence of any snowmaking the night before. Limited trails and limited lifts and the lift to the left of the lodge was for racers only. I always loved Pico but I must admit I was disappointed on this trip.
Pico Mountain review written Feb 02 2014 - 04:12 PM
Gary Advanced Skier
While it may be cheaper to rent at one of the places off the mt, the convenience and speed of doing everything at Pico was well worth it. Staff was great as well.
Pico Mountain review written Jan 20 2014 - 02:25 PM
Paul Intermediate Skier
My wife and I skied Pico on March 14, a Thursday, Ladies Day. I got a great deal on Liftopia for 36$ and my wife got a deal of 19.37 for Ladies Day! It is Pico's 75th year!! We skied there on their 50th as well. Mountain still the same. Very friendly with lots of charm in the lodge, and we lucked out with 2" of fresh new powder. Only 24 trails open due to the Tuesday Rain all day event - which hit all the mountains to the same extreme. Great mountain to visit and super views in all directions. Very few people, so no lift lines, just lots of FUN! Fun is GOOD! Will go again - maybe get a season pass.
Pico Mountain review written Mar 16 2013 - 02:35 PM
G. W. T. Advanced Skier
We went after a recommendation from our hotel. Our last trip had been to Killington and I have to say I enjoyed Pico a lot more. You can't compare the size of Killington but atmosphere here can't be beat. We went on a Thursaday and I bought my ticket on the mountain for $20 because of Ladies Thursdays but we bought my husbands ticket on Liftopia. The conditions were wonderful and during lunch we sat in front of the fire at the lodge. There was no wait at the lifts and runs on top of the mountain were so much fun. I'm an intermediate rider so I came down on The Fourty Niner trail it had enough terrain to be fun, well covered and definitely long enough.
Pico Mountain review written Mar 10 2013 - 10:42 AM
Jessica K. Intermediate Snowboarder
Great mountain make sure you hit the quad next to the lodge to the right and head down fools gold then take the summitt chair Upper KA is an awesome run ! We went last weekend and it was amazing highly recomend this mountain
Pico Mountain review written Mar 05 2013 - 02:15 PM
Fischer 1970 Advanced Skier
This is my second season skiing and highly recommend Pico for those looking to sharpen their skills. I took a 2hr private lesson with Tara and she took me from nervous to natural! An excellent teacher and incredibly accessible terrain made for a great day. It was sunny and not too cold, fresh powder, very little ice. We skied from 10 til the lifts closed at 4 and even though it was a Saturday never waited longer than a few minutes to hop on. The next day at Killington was also great, but the low price and low crowd makes Pico my preferred spot!
Pico Mountain review written Mar 04 2013 - 02:32 PM
Emily R. Beginner Skier
my wife and I went to Pico on the 27th of January. This was our first experience there and we are happy to report it was great! The mountain had just experienced a meltdown the previous week ,but they did an excellent job to recover. The open trails were in great condition.The Summit express Quad offered a gret ski experience. The day was a little cold and very sunny. This made for great snow( the squeaky type)We drive for hours all over New England to ski and I would definetely recomend Pico for anyone.Accomodations were great and ther lift tickets( price) are wonderful as well. We are going back and look forward to that summit view
Pico Mountain review written Feb 25 2013 - 02:56 PM
shawn Intermediate Skier
fun time.. cold.. faces north.. cold wind from north.. My 12 year son really liked the terrain park and "popped some jams".. what ever that means.. they do need Terrain Park awareness training as there were a bunch of knuckleheads hitting jumps at the same time..
Pico Mountain review written Feb 19 2013 - 02:13 PM
Doan Advanced Skier
The deal we got on Liftopia was AWESOME. We lucked out and came on a day that it snowed from bell to bell. There was no crowd and the skiing was fantastic. Although there wasn't a lot of extremely challenging runs, we had a blast! Upper KA is now my favorite trail. It is a true East Coast narrow run that snaked back and forth. We also enjoyed the tree run and gladed runs we took.
Pico Mountain review written Jan 30 2013 - 03:36 PM
Jeff B Advanced Skier
This was only my second time skiing and the first time having a lesson. My instructor's name was Keith and he was the best!! Very knowledgeable and patient. Lets just say I was nervous on the Bunny hill on the first day and by the next day I went to the top of the mountain and was able to ski intermediate and advanced trails with the rest of my group. Such a good experience! The snow was not icy and the trails were well taken care of. NOT CROWDED at all! Which is nice for a beginner who feels like they are a road block at times. Definitely will return!
Pico Mountain review written Jan 27 2013 - 05:56 PM
Meg Beginner Skier
I got my tickets from Liftpoia.com to go snowboarding for the first time in something like 5 years. I had a blast a Pico on some of the easier trails. There was still loose snow at the end of the day and this was by far the best deal I could find having looked at a bunch of other mountains around the area.
Pico Mountain review written Jan 08 2013 - 05:02 AM
Chester Beginner Snowboarder
I can't pick that I am both a skier and a snowboarder, but I am and we have an equal number of each in our family. I happened to be snowboarding at Pico the other day. Our family loves it because the lodge with it's 3 floors of fireplaces is awesome...the crowds are not big here and you will not stand around glaring at the seated people like you do at the lodge of Killington, waiting for someone to go so you can sit down! We always find a seat at lunch and never wait in a food line. We have a lovely time whenever we visit Pico. It's small, but plenty big on fun.
Pico Mountain review written Jan 07 2013 - 02:40 PM
Chrissy Advanced Snowboarder
I went up on New Years and considered my $34 ticket an absolute steal! The riding was comparable to any of the big mountains nearby, including Okemo, which is a favorite of mine. With the variety of a big mountain and the small-mountain charm of no lift lines and friendly employees, it was an absolutely wonderful day. Last winter was rough for most of New England, but Pico should not be overlooked for a great day on the slopes, especially considering its ability to push around and beautifully groom the natural snow they had recently received. It was a great day with plenty of powder to surf, moguls to carve, and bumps to jump; I also really liked how the intermediate terrain was enjoyable for me as an adrenaline junkie but also manageable enough for newer riders to have fun. It was certainly worth the price of the ticket and I'll surely be back!
Pico Mountain review written Jan 06 2013 - 08:53 PM
Becca Intermediate Snowboarder
Pico has always been a favorite, but weather and snow conditions were severe when I went there on 29 Jan. A blizzard moved in, the lift lines emptied and the lodge filled up. No one could help that, but I had hoped for better grooming on the slopes while I did get a chance to ski. 2 lift tickets basically swirling down the hopper.
Pico Mountain review written Dec 31 2012 - 03:28 PM
squoonch Intermediate Skier
The company that owns Pico has decided not to expend funds to cover the mountain in snow. They blew snow earlier in the year but, unlike other area mountains, have stopped the guns. Only a few backbone runs are open, and everyone was on those runs.Skied off after 11AM. I won't be back. Sad, because I hear it is a great local mountain when open close to 100%. Apparently the owners want to get folks over to Killington. Their tactic will work.
Pico Mountain review written Feb 17 2012 - 03:51 AM
Moe Bracken Advanced Skier
The mountain isn't terribly worth it unless all or nearly all trails are open. It's too small and dealing with 3 icy runs just isn't that great. Then again, the skiing has been nothing but lousy this entire winter. If the mountain is largely open and not icy, it is a good deal. There are many varied, interesting runs to you keep you busy for a day. I'll be back when the snow cover is actually decent, which may not happen this winter.
Pico Mountain review written Feb 06 2012 - 02:31 PM
Alex G. Intermediate Skier
Even if there aren't any deals to be found for Pico here on Liftopia, this mountain is a haven for locals. Throughout the whole season, all non-holiday Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays are "Vermont/New Hampshire Days" at Pico. Present a VT or NH drivers license or voter registration and get a $29 ticket. Best deal in the state, as far as I'm concerned. If only other mountains in VT would follow their lead. Pico's terrain is varied and excellent, and while not my absolute favorite ski area, it's entirely worth hitting up a few times a year.
Pico Mountain review written Nov 29 2010 - 10:00 AM
mintyfresh Advanced Skier

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