picoadaptive1 (picoadaptive1)Pico Mountain is the home to three major fundraisers including United Way Day, Hope on the Slopes and Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports’ Ski Challenge. Pico also operates as a hub for Boston’s Youth Enrichment Services. Plus, this year on January 1, 2011, Pico partnered with American Cancer Society to become Vermont’s first smoke-free ski resort.

The 2010-11 winter season began with United Way Day. For each Pico Express Card sold on 2010-11 opening day, Pico donated $20 to the United Way of Rutland County. By keeping donation dollars local, we are able to help create real change in our own backyard.

Pico teamed up with the American Cancer Society to host three Hope on the Slopes fundraisers this season. Guests were encouraged to purchase runs down the Race Arena for a $1 donation. The money raised goes toward funding the American Cancer Society. In addition to individual and team contributions, Pico donated $12 of every lift ticket purchased at each Hope on the Slopes event.

On March 12, Pico Mountain hosted Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports’ largest annual fundraiser, Ski Challenge 2011. The money raised helps support the more than 3,000 outdoor adventure programs, including skiing. Vermont Adaptive is always welcoming volunteers, check out the opportunities here.

Pico is also a hub to Boston Youth Enrichment Services (YES) Operation Snow Sports program, providing an opportunity for a team of inner city teenagers to come to the mountain to learn about the snowsports industry. Through this process, we are able to allow YES kids the opportunity to build their confidence and develop a healthy lifestyle through educational and physical instruction.

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