Riding a Lift

Some common lifts at Pico Mountain along with tips for negotiating them:

Rope Tow

Be sure to put your skis / board in the track and keep them pointed uphill. Grab hold of the rope or handle and allow yourself to be pulled up the hill. 


There are different kinds of chairlifts, but they all move continuously up the slopes. One type of chairlift is a “high-speed” or “express” lift with chairs that cruise up the mountain, but slow down to load and unload skiers and snowboarders. You’ll see two, three and four person chairs at Pico Mountain.

Tips on riding a chairlift:

  1. Skiers should take their ski pole straps off their wrists. Snowboarders should have a leash that attaches the snowboard to their leg. Skiers should use equipment with ski brakes.
  2. Outside guests hold poles in inside hand. Middle guests hold poles in either hand.
  3. Outside guests look over outside shoulder and grab the chair as it approaches. Middle guests should grab back of chair as it approaches. Sit down as the chair reaches you.
  4. Once the chair has left the platform, you must lower the restraining bar according to Vermont state law. Do not bounce or swing during the ride. Be careful not to drop gloves, poles or litter. Should you lose something, note the number of the next tower for orientation.
  5. When getting off, you will see the sign warning of unload area. Open the restraining bar. Raise the tips of your skis so they don’t catch as you approach the platform. As your skis touch the snow, stand up and push yourself off the chair with your free hand.
  6. Move quickly away from moving chair and keep unloading area clear. Brake once you are well clear of your companions. 

Trail signage 

Be sure to check out the lifts and trails marked on our Trail Guide. The colored lines (green, blue and black) and the double-black diamond symbols shown on the trails indicate the degree of difficulty of the trails at Pico Mountain. You will also find these colors and symbols on posted trail signs on the mountain. 

Remember that the trail rating system is a relative system and a green circle, blue square, black diamond or double-black diamond trail at Pico Mountain isn’t necessarily the same as a similarly rated trail at another resort.   

Skiers and riders should work their way up, beginning with the easier trails, no matter what their ability level, until they are familiar with the trails at Pico Mountain.

Changing snow conditions, visibility and the number of skiers and snowboarders can also make trails more challenging. Before you ride a lift, make sure the trails that lead down from that lift fit your ability. If you have any questions or need directions, talk to a lift attendant, a Pico Mountain employee or a Mountain Ambassador.

Mountain Tips

Always observe Your Responsibility Code

Share the responsibility for a great outdoor experience with other skiers and riders. Practicing safety awareness by skiing and riding according to Your Responsibility Code will help make your first experience, and every experience, more enjoyable. 

  1. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  2. People ahead of you have the right of way.  It is your responsibility to avoid them
  3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
  4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  6. Observe all posted signs and warning.  Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

Additional tips from experienced skiers and snowboarders:

  • Be courteous in the lift lines, everyone wants to get to the top just as badly as you do.
  • Be conscious of other skiers and riders on the mountain. 
  • Clear the exit area when getting off the chair lift.
  • Always ride or ski with a buddy.
  • Look out for marked and unmarked obstacles.
  • Always be conscious of merging trails, and move to the side of a trail away from other skiers or riders if you stop.
  • Never leave your equipment unattended.
  • Freestyle terrain, including terrain parks, has designations for size (Small, Medium, Large) that are relative to all other freestyle terrain at Pico Mountain. Be safety conscious and read the guidelines. Don’t forget to start small and work your way up.
  • Be courteous to those around you and be sure to have a good time!

For more Mountain Safety information 


Visit any of our conveniently located food and beverage outlets for a quick pick-me-up or to sit down and relax with some good grub. Take in the beautiful views of Pico Mountain from the Food Court or Last Run Lounge, or just follow your nose to find one of our famous waffles. Whatever you are in the mood for, we have it.

Retail Therapy

Forgot it at home? Need it? Want it? We’ll have it for you at Pico Sports. Plus, check out Killington Sports Route 4 for some killer deals,  after all, you deserve a souvenir.

Apres Ski

This is what it’s all about! Exchange stories of your adventures on the slopes at the bar, settle in with a terrific meal, or unwind at the sports center. We’ve got it all for you.

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It may seem like a lot to digest, but rest assured it’s our intention to make your visit with us as easy as possible. Not sure what to expect? Just ask; we’re happy to help. We want to tailor your Pico Mountain experience to exceed your expectations each and every time you visit us.

We look forward to seeing you on the slopes!

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