On March 13, 2024

The Vertical Challenge at Pico Mountain drops in where skiing meets fun for all ages

Courtesy Pico Ski Resort
Ski enthusiasts mentor young racers during the Vertical Challenge at Pico Mountain, where skiiers and riders get experience racing through gates. Pico Mountain hosts the Vertical Challenge, a free ski and snowboard race series in the Northeast, sponsored by tour sponsors. The event, which offers snowy activities for all ages, features gold, silver, and bronze medals.

Saturday, March 16 at 7 a.m.—KILLINGTON— Pico Mountain is hosting the Vertical Challenge, a series of free, casual ski and snowboard races held at ski resorts throughout the Northeast during each winter season. The event will be held this Saturday, March 16.  The event includes a festival element, featuring snowy activities for all ages and prizes given away throughout a fun day at the mountain. It’s also a lot more. In fact, Killington/Pico Ski Resort was the very first mountain to host the event back in 1991.

About the Vertical Challenge:

Skiers and snowboarders are divided by gender and age to compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals in each category. In addition to the races, attendees enjoy a festival element, featuring snowy activities for all ages, plus prizes given away throughout a fun day at the mountain.

Over the Vertical Challenge’s  30 years of operation, the priority has been focused on making a difference in the lives of attendees through guidance and mentorship.


The Vertical Challenge races are free for participants, with costs paid by tour sponsors. All entrants need to do is purchase a lift ticket from the host mountain and complete a registration form, which can be done in advance at ski-vc.com. The VC will once again work with NASTAR for racer registration and results.

Participants can register online until 5:00 p.m. on 3/15 or on-site during the morning of March 16.

Saturday Schedule:

  • Registration open:                           7-11 a.m.
  • Sponsor Village open:                           9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Racecourse open:                           10a.m.-Noon
  • Vertical Victory Party & awards: 1:30 p.m.

*All information here is subject to change. All events will take place slope side or inside of the Pico Base Lodge.

For more information, visit ski-vc.com or killington.com.

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