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ive only been to pico on weekends. often powder days or post storm skiing. i've never once felt that the lodge was crowded or the lift lines were substantial. never ever.
I think it would help anyone coming from Rutland or the NY Thruway. To go up the K access road up to K1 adds 10-15 minutes compared to just going to the Pico lot. I am always coming to K from 100 south and as long as they are open I go to Skyeship or Bear. I prefer less crowded lodges, ample parking, and most importantly 10-15 minutes less of driving rather than being at the "heart" of the resort by going to K1. If I came from Rutland I would go crazy trying to get to K1 or even Snowshed/Ramshead on a mid-winter weekend. Sometimes I will go to K1 on a Friday and that is pretty bad by its self.
Why would one think Killington would not do something to modify Pico parking should an interconnect ever happen? I would think they would upgrade Pico lifts in addition if they do an interconnect. Time will tell I suppose.However the Pico parking lot generally would not be able to handle this type of influx of added cars.
IIRC that lot is pretty big. And often not close to full.
They could add a parking deck or two to the existing lot. I absolutely hate the idea of parking garages at ski areas; it feels too much like a city, which is not the "feel/experience" I want at a ski area. That said, they are better for the environment than expansive, dirt ground lots.
In my experience most mainstream weekends (barring crappy weather days) it is probably 75-80% full. If there is a race on B-Slope it can be more than that. It wouldn't take much of the Killington crowd to over run the parking lot.
Maybe true but if you show up in time to ski when the lifts open you'll still be only a few rows away from the entrance.
I only ever see these overflow lots in use on the way out in the afternoon. If people are waiting until 11:00AM to get their ass out the door my sympathy level decreases since I've been awake for 6+ hours and already ready for a lunch/snack break by then.
That said the only solution I see for Pico is putting a fresh T-bar on the Poma Line and cutting new glades off the back side..
Just kidding. Pico's #1 issue is not running the outpost chair when they should be. Burns my britches when I show up hoping for hot laps on *whatever those trails are called + the glades*. "Easy hike" my ass... One of the main reasons I go there less frequently in recent years.
I understand... although on the other hand, this has not been a big complaint by the Pico faithful.. and it truly is an easy hike.
Edittt::: Boston_E is a good dude who PMd me with tips how to get to Outpost area w/o the major hike. I'm just editing this post to say yes it can be accessed more easily from Giant Killer > Poma Glades or via Poma Line or Busted from the top. That's fine but that's not my ideal way to ski the mountain especially every time I want to ski Sidewinder or just do some quick laps over there. Like, I might do this twice in a given day as I would be skiing those woods or Giant Killer anyway. It just seems like an unnecessary compromise compared to just operating their existing infrastructure as intended.
Maybe there is an even easier cut-across that doesn't require skiing <><> bumps and woods to get there... I don't have much skin in the game though and Pico's not really on my to-do list this year anyway. Lift tickets aren't cheap I want to see lifts running if the trails under them are open and redundancy isn't a factor.
that is one of the easiest "hikes" in all eastern ski-dom. its a 5 minute walk up a barely uphill grade to get to the top of the chair. once you get there, you have your pick of runs and woods that 90%+ of the people at pico havent bothered to hit. that would all be tracked out in 30 min if they ran the chair. they can eliminate teh chair entirely and i'd be fine with it.