on January 2, 2013
Old Man Winter has continued to blanket Pico Mountain in white – over three feet in the last seven days! The combination of snowmaking around the clock and natural snow allowed Ski Patrol to open 100% of Pico’s trails.
All the snow has also lured amateur skiers and riders to the sidecountry in search of fresh powder outside the resort’s area boundaries, a decision that could lead to a search involving the Vermont State Police, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, members of the Pico ski patrol, Killington Volunteer Fire Department and a local volunteer search and rescue team as well as an unplanned stay in the woods.
While it is not illegal to ski out of the ski area boundary in Vermont like it is in some western states, Vermont law does state that skiers/riders are liable for all expenses of search and rescue if you ski or ride beyond the ski area boundary and a search is conducted. Pico Mountain wants all guests to have a fun and safe experience therefore Pico always recommends that skiers and riders to stay within the ski area boundary.
Be safe and always ski or ride with a buddy. We’re off to a great winter season, and there’s tons of diverse terrain at Pico including 17 miles of inbounds skiing and riding on classic New England glades bumps and steeps.
Keep in mind the following message found on Pico Mountain Trail Maps:
SKI OR SNOWBOARD ONLY ON OPEN, DESIGNATED TRAILS, SLOPES, FREESTYLE AND TREE SKIING AREAS. NEVER SKI OR SNOWBOARD ALONE.
Woods and backcountry areas beyond open and designated trails are not maintained or checked by ski area personnel. Pico assumes no responsibility for safety of, or injury, death or damages to skiers or snowboarders going beyond open, designated areas or the ski area boundary (shown by a dotted yellow line bordering the map). VERMONT LAW provides that you are liable for all expenses of search and rescue if you ski or snowboard off the open, designated trails, slopes, freestyle and tree skiing areas or beyond the ski area boundary and a search is conducted.
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