Pico Mountain opens for the season with top-to-bottom terrain Saturday

first_imgSource: KILLINGTON, Vt. (December 17, 2020) – Killington Resort In 1937 on Thanksgiving morning, a legend was born: Pico Mountain Ski Resort. Although it was humbly equipped with only a 1,200’ rope tow powered by a Hudson motor car engine, skiers – true skiers – loved it. Since then a lot has changed, but the love for the mountain still lives today, and it’s as strong as ever. Families and skiing traditionalists now enjoy 58 trails and a terrain park serviced by seven lifts, including two high-speed detachable quads. With more vertical drop than 80% of New England ski areas, Pico Mountain is your home for family mountain fun with big mountain terrain and small mountain charm. Pico is part of the POWDR(link is external) portfolio. Visit www.picomountain.com(link is external) for more information and be social with #mypicomtn. Killington Pico Ski Resort Partners, LLC,Pico Mountain to Open with Operation Stay Safe to Ensure Wellbeing of Staff, Guests and Community; Parking Reservations Required this Winter. Photo courtesy Pico.Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Pico Mountain(link is external), part of the POWDR adventure lifestyle company, will kick off the 2020-21 winter season at 8:30 am on Saturday, December 19, 2020, welcoming Pico season pass and day ticket holders who have met Vermont quarantine requirements.On Opening Day, the first 70 guests in line at the Golden Express Quad will receive a voucher to be exchanged for a YETI Rambler Mug in Pico’s base lodge retail shop. The resort plans to run the Golden Express Quad and Summit Express Quad opening weekend.“We’re happy to welcome back skiers and riders to Pico Mountain and ask that guests help us protect the season by following resort and state health guidelines as part of Operation Stay Safe,” says Rich McCoy, director of operations at Pico Mountain. “Our top priory at Pico Mountain is the wellbeing of all and we are confident that by managing the number of people visiting at any given time, we will be able to properly physical distance staff and guests alike while enjoying the benefits of outdoor recreation.”Working closely with the State of Vermont and local officials, Pico has created comprehensive and scalable plans for nearly every area of business with a goal to protect the wellbeing of surrounding communities. These plans are consistent with local and state regulations as well as the National Ski Areas Association’s Ski Well, Be Well best practices, while also designed to provide a great guest experience at Pico Mountain this season.Actions being taken to prioritize the wellbeing of guests, staff and community include: strictly enforced facial covering policy(link is external), parking reservation system(link is external) to manage the number of people on property so all can physically distance, required attestation to Vermont travel guidelines from guests at the resort, contact tracing for all guests through our RFID card system and lodge capacity controls, physical distancing protocols on mountain and throughout resort facilities, daily health assessments by staff, increased sanitation stations and frequency in our cleaning schedule around the resort.The parking reservation system, part of Pico’s Operation Stay Safe(link is external), will be in place every operating day of the season and, pending availability, parking spaces can be reserved same day, however, they must be reserved before arriving to the resort. All products must be purchased in advance with limited products available on site(link is external) – day-of tickets will not be available on resort.Pico Mountain lift hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during weekends and on peak days. The full 2020-21 Pico Mountain operating schedule can be found at picomountain.com(link is external).Base Lodge Access & Available Services The Pico ticket trailer will be open Saturday, Dec. 19 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., for RFID ticket and pass pick up.Pico Base Lodge will be open starting at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19 for restroom access, retail, bag check and limited dining options.Beginning Opening Day, Dec. 19, daily lift tickets for day-of purchases will be $79 for adults (ages 19-64), $61 for youth (ages 7-18) and $68 for seniors (ages 65-79). Skiers and riders can save on lift tickets by purchasing them in advance on picomountain.com(link is external) and Vermont residents(link is external) can ski or ride midweek non-peak days for just $45. Express Card holders will receive 50% off lift ticket window rate for midweek, and 25% off weekend rates. New This SeasonText alerts available. Sign up to receive text messages and get critical operations updates as needed by texting PICO to 64600 or use the opt-in form(link is external).About Pico Mountain: last_img read more

Uganda’s Museveni says it is not a bad thing to be…

first_imgDuring this year’s State of the Nation address, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni remarked that being a president for a very long time is not a bad thing.The 72-year-old leader who is also one of the longest serving African president made the remark in the address in the country’s parliament that lasted for three-hours due to heckling by the opposition, local media reports.“Being president for a very long time is not a bad thing. That is why I am experienced … Even if you woke me up at night, I will tell you what is happening,” he remarked amid opposition rants.“If you want to be a leader, you should avoid prejudice because prejudice can make you live with envy; you will end up getting high blood pressure,” The Observer quoted him.Museveni who has been in power for 31 years has always found a way to justify his presidency.The Ugandan president in the address outlined peace, de­vel­op­ment of the in­fra­struc­ture and the hu­man re­source; wealth cre­ation, job cre­ation, and mar­ket ac­cess as the five key is­sues that will be ma­jor dri­vers to­wards economic sta­bil­ity for his coun­try.In 2016 ahead of the general elections which he won he was quoted as saying: “This old man who has saved the country, how do you want him to go? How can I go out of a banana plantation I have planted that has started bearing fruits?”last_img read more

How do interim coaches fare?

first_imgThe University of South Carolina today announced the resignation of Steve Spurrier as its football coach and promotion of Shawn Elliott to interim head coach.USC football coach Steve Spurrier is turning his attention to Kentucky. USC head football coach Steve Spurrier gets after his team late in the second quarter against UNC during the Belk College Kickoff in Charlotte during on Thursday, September 3, 2015.USC football coach Steve Spurrier is turning his attention to Kentucky. USC head football coach Steve Spurrier gets after his team late in the second quarter against UNC during the Belk College Kickoff in Charlotte during on Thursday, September 3, 2015.The Gamecocks became the third Football Bowl Subdivision program this week to announce a coaching change, following Maryland and Southern Cal by two days.But how often does a midseason change produce a dramatic turnaround?Perhaps not surprisingly, not often.According to data compiled by collegefootballpoll.com, during the previous four seasons 16 FBS programs made in-season changes unrelated to a coach leaving before a bowl game upon being hired by another program.At the time of the in-season change, those 16 teams had a combined record of 27-67 and winning percentage of  .287. Those teams then compiled a combined 33-73 record and .311 winning percentage under the interim coach.There were two notable exceptions during the 2013 season. Ed Orgeron went 6-2 as interim coach at Southern Cal after replacing Lane Kiffin, who had a 3-2 record at the time of his departure. Brian Wright went 4-0 at Florida Atlantic as the interim coach replacing Carl Pelini, who was missed after a 2-6 start.Only twice after the other 14 changes did an interim coach even break even. Alex Wood went 2-2 at Buffalo after replacing Jeff Quinn in 2014, and Tim Kish went 3-3 after replacing Mike Stoops at Arizona in 2011.And none of those 16 interim coaches was retained at the conclusion of the season in which they were promoted.But Elliott and USC probably are aware of the most recent time an FBS program in South Carolina made a midseason change. Dabo Swinney went 4-3 in 2008 after replacing Tommy Bowden as head coach. Awarded the job full time after the season, Swinney has gone 62-23 since.Swinney says interim challenges are manylast_img read more