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Pico offering Vermont Student Pass for 75th year

KILLINGTON - Only two weeks to go to get the special Vermont student pass for the 2012-2013 season. The pass costs $75 and allows Vermont students from kindergarten through the 12th grade unlimited access to Pico's 52 trails.

Spokesmen for the resort said the special pass was being offered as part of the mountain resort's 75th anniversary.

"Pico Mountain strongly believes that every youth in Vermont should have access to snow sports regardless of academic ability or their family's income," said Tracy Taylor, director of operations for Pico Mountain. "We are truly excited to offer all Vermont students the opportunity to experience skiing and snowboarding this winter at Pico Mountain, and we look forward to another great season."
Former Vermont resident Kieran Muldaur, a high school junior, said his family is returning to the state from Massachusetts. He is scouting area colleges with his parents, and said the skiing is one reason he wants to come back to Vermont.

"I learned to ski here," he said. "I've had some exciting times on the slopes, and a few scary times, but skiing is a great, high octane way to get exercise."

Muldaur said his mother taught him to ski at age five, and he was looking forward to Vermont slopes again.

"What can I tell you?" he said. "Sometimes I feel the need for speed. If you're careful, you can go very fast, still be safe and have a good time. Every kid should learn how to ski. I guess now it's time to start lobbying my parents to live near Pico."

According to a statement from Pico, the unlimited Vermont Student Pass is valid every operating day of the 2012-13 season from mid-December through the end of March, weather and snow conditions permitting. Pass holders receive numerous benefits, including discounts on Snow Sports School lessons, food and beverage, retail, lift tickets, Sunday family discounts and upgrade opportunities. Plus, parents of student pass holders can purchase an unlimited My Pico Pass for $399 plus tax.

For the 2012-13 winter season, lift hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends and peak days.

This year also promises to be a snowy winter, unlike last year, at least according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. Its forecast for the Rutland area reads:

"Winter will be colder and drier than normal, with below-normal snowfall. The coldest periods will be from Christmas through early January and in mid-January and early, mid-, and late February. The snowiest periods will be in mid-November, mid- to late December, mid- to late February, and early March."

The last day the Vermont Student Pass will be offered is Dec. 1. Up to date information can be found at the resort's website, www.picomountain.com.