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Getting to Ramshead from Pico possible?

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Posted: Jul 18, 2005 - 4:35 PM GMT

Many of you know about the unfinished Killington-Pico connection trail that just "reaches" out from Pico and almost makes it to the Ramshead part of Killington. But, when I was playing around with google earth it actually appears that this trail is connected to one of the trails at Ramshead, and it looks quite possible to pull off getting to Killington From Pico. Has anyone done this before? And are the locals holding off another Killington secret from us?

I have attatched two images, the first one is the overall view of the unfinished trail that comes from Pico. The small secret path betweem Ramshead and this trail is between where the trail comes closest to Ramshead. The second image is a closeup of the connection itself.

I don't know if i have discovered something here or if I'm the only one who dosent know about this and im making an idiot out of myself, but it is quite interesting.
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Posted: Jul 18, 2005 - 6:33 PM GMT

I believe the 'trail' you are referring to is actually a work road over water piping used to interconnect Pico and Killington snow making system.
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Posted: Jul 18, 2005 - 9:25 PM GMT

I don't think the topo will allow you to ski from one to the other without trekking up a ways. If I remember, plans were for two trails with a lift servicing them. Could be wrong though...my mind is all fuzzy dreaming about all the tasty concoctions on the 'beer' thread while I'm stuck here in the office.

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Posted: Jul 18, 2005 - 9:42 PM GMT

ok call me a newbee but why did the plan get canceled to connect the two areas
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Posted: Jul 18, 2005 - 9:51 PM GMT

OFP--------an interesting concept and info---but-from my days of skiing rams head and then seeing pico...or the snowdon to pico view--i think a transfer chair would be called for to gain some vert height from r head to pp.prob.........this would call for a 5500'-7000' length chair....headed at an upwards angle with the chance you might still have to unload and push on a novice meandering trail to the front of pico! or maybe kmart would be cool and run a lift to picos south side,,,,then pico could pull a BROMLEY and have a southern exposure as well w/a lift and buncha trails? nice dreaming on my part i guess!

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Posted: Jul 18, 2005 - 9:52 PM GMT

Hello all im a long time Lurker and would like to add to this thread. Ive skied the interconect down from Pico and its nothing to write home about. Its a Green at best,fairly long maybe 2 miles and comes out on Kmart Rd about 1/4 mile down from the Santa Fe. Its about a mile schlep back to Rams Head

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The small secret path betweem Ramshead and this trail is between where the trail comes closest to Ramshead.

OfP I believe you are lookin at a small gorge that is not skiable.
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Posted: Jul 18, 2005 - 9:57 PM GMT

RTS-------------welcome to the SJ gang.....your info is vital.thats interesting--i did not know of that trail at all! santa fe? is that a mexican restaurant you end up at? brian o

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Posted: Jul 18, 2005 - 10:19 PM GMT

For the record, the interconnect plan included two lifts. One close to Pico, between the peak and Pico Pond, and the other in a small draw adjacent and to the north of Rams Head. Each would have had their own trail pod with 4-8 trails (depending on if you include upper, middle, lower BS) with two connector trails going between them. I don't believe the "trail" that exists now was ever meant to be a substantial piece of the interconnect.
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Posted: Jul 18, 2005 - 10:38 PM GMT

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Hello all im a long time Lurker and would like to add to this thread. Ive skied the interconect down from Pico and its nothing to write home about. Its a Green at best,fairly long maybe 2 miles and comes out on Kmart Rd about 1/4 mile down from the Santa Fe. Its about a mile schlep back to Rams Head

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The small secret path betweem Ramshead and this trail is between where the trail comes closest to Ramshead.

OfP I believe you are lookin at a small gorge that is not skiable.


Interesting to see it has been skied. I didnt think that "secret trail" was a gorge because it only seems to go between the trails, and no further. I have never checked it out though, and youve been there, so your probaly right. If it is skiable, or hikeable, gorge or not, it would cut off alot of time and energy and bring you right down to ramshead, instead of skiing the whole trail and hiking up.

This is all very interesting and is something to be checked out next season, or to be hiked in the summer...

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Posted: Jul 18, 2005 - 11:20 PM GMT

OfP wrote If it is skiable, or hikeable, gorge or not, it would cut off alot of time and energy and bring you right down to ramshead, instead of skiing the whole trail and hiking up.
OfP you would have to hike UP the gorge to get to Rams Head.
Also imho.... i also believe this ''trail ''is a pipeline /equipment road to Pico and was intended to be a ''novice'' trail it simply to wide...100' at least.
But trying to figure out what ASC intended is DANGEROUS....
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Posted: Jul 19, 2005 - 2:52 AM GMT

I believe that the pipes are part of the Killington/Pico Hersey Highway. If that's the case, let's hope ASC doesn't plan to use that water to make snow!

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Posted: Jul 19, 2005 - 11:32 AM GMT

I know the 'interconnect' trail has piping under the work road. Sled may be right and the piping is for sewage. Pico has sewage piping running down to the municipal waste water facility near Rutland and connecting Killington to this poop processing plant would allow denser development at the base.
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Posted: Jul 19, 2005 - 2:32 PM GMT

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I believe that the pipes are part of the Killington/Pico Hersey Highway. If that's the case, let's hope ASC doesn't plan to use that water to make snow!


To resurrect an old joke: where the affluent meet the effluent would not be good PR or advertising

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Posted: Jul 19, 2005 - 2:56 PM GMT

J SEGAL..........also to bring back an old woody allan line--regarding those smelly pipes/interconnects.........."i think commentary merged with dissent,and we ended up w/ DYSENTARY!" brian o

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Posted: Jul 20, 2005 - 10:32 AM GMT

These postings must qualify as skitological (scatological) humor. Just another spell-check failure

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Posted: Jul 22, 2005 - 12:38 AM GMT

the trail in question is a work road, I know in the winter time, the groomers use it get to Pico, from their area at the base of Snowdown. Haven't been on it, but what I ghear from my grooming buddies, it's quite flat, and not worth the necessarry poleing effort.

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