Grab your winter coats as winter has arrived. December is here along with the goodness of Christmas and Thanksgiving. Everywhere you go, there is a jolly mood in the air. The best way to spend a vacation that’s as special as this one is with family and friends, making some memories on the snow that Mother Nature has blessed us with. It’s best to get away from the entire city buzz into the woods and mountains and enjoy the nature with some snow sports. Enjoy the warmth of your blankets and fireplaces with some hot chocolate and marshmallows.
If you are planning on a fun trip, then Pats Peak is the best place to visit. Located in Henniker, New Hampshire is an independent alpine ski resort named Pats Peak. The resort has an alpine race team which operates in the Central Division of the NHARA racing league. This resort has been owned since it opened by the Patenaude family. The terrain offers night skiing on over 93 acres of land so that you could enjoy a slide down the snow whenever you wish to. The resort offers many discounts which let you have special experiences with your loved ones.
The Dartmouth Skiway boasts of a 1460 ft. summit with a base of 690 ft. and a vertical drop of 770 ft. The Mountain consists of 2 Terrain Parks which has over 115 acres of skiable terrain with all of 115 acres of snowmaking serviced by 11 lifts. Snow fun starts from the month of December and is open for 114 days until March. The resort allows night skiing up to 93 acres so that you can enjoy skiing any time you wish. The Resort has an experience at hospitality for over half a century and has garnered a lot of recognition. Further, the resort is easily accessible from all major towns and cities located in the region. Thanks to this, the Pats Peak resort attracts a large number of visitors every winter who come here and enjoy a wide range of fun activities on offer.
The Pats Peak has 115 acres of skiable terrain divided into 28 runs of which 50 % are beginner runs, 21 % intermediate run, 11 % advanced runs and remaining 18% expert runs. There are 2 Terrain parks serviced by 11 lifts and nine official glades with the longest run being 2 miles long. These trails are named after winds, with names such as Cyclone, Hurricane, Twister, and Tornado. Pats Peak offers child care and kids learning programs by professionals. The trails are well groomed to suit as per the level of the skier. There are a diverse range of slopes and also provide with professional instructors and programs to guide you for better learning. You can learn the skiing skills from the instructors and double the fun skiing down these amazing slopes.
Base Elevation: 690 feet
Summit Elevation: 1460 feet
Vertical Drop: 770 feet
The Pats Peak is one of the ski areas in New Hampshire’s to offer snow tubing. The tubing sessions are open from Fridays 3 pm to 9 pm, Saturdays 9 am to 10 pm plus 5 pm to 10 pm POP tubing, Sundays 9 am to 5 pm and Holiday periods 9 am to 9 pm. A Two-Hour Session costs $18, $20 for a Four-Hour Session and $48 for Saturday Nights POP Program which includes skiing, snowboarding, rentals, lesson tips, and snow tubing.
Venture out in the open woods and mountains and satisfy the explorer residing within you. Snow bikes are bike and ski hybrids which are available to adults on the Peaks Pat resort. The trails in New Hampshire allow ideal conditions for snowshoeing. You can also hire a guide and go together in groups while taking a snowshoe tour.
Being a part of the Central Division of the NHARA racing league, the Pats Peak has a ski team that participates in racing. This racing team is a United States Ski Association (USSA) sanctioned alpine race program that Pats Peak Ski Area has to offer. The resort offers athletes, expert’s weekend and night training on some of the best race terrains in Pats Peak’s mountain of the state.
The training staff, the coaches, stress more on building the fundamental skills necessary to develop an interest in the sport itself to build it into a passion for a skier of beginner or elite level. The main center of the program is at the Alpine Training Center “ATC” located between the Vortex lift and main lodge right above the Bear’s Den which is also the central meeting place.
The mountain has seven lifts of which three triple chairs, three double chairs and five surface lifts. Tickets for all lifts for a weekend cost: $68 for an adult, for a junior or senior cost $58 for a full day. Tickets for all lifts for a weekend for a half day cost: $59 for an adult, for a junior or senior cost $51. Tickets for weekends for a full day cost $55 for an adult, for a junior or senior cost $49 and for a half day cost $48 for an adult, for a junior or senior cost $40. On weeknights, the ticket costs $42 regardless of age and Saturday night POP tickets cost $49 for all ages.
The Valley Area lift ticket includes the following: Beginner Carpet, Beginner Tow, Bluster Carpet, Turbulence Triple Chair and Valley Double Chair. Tickets for Valley Area for a weekend cost: $46 for an adult, for a junior or senior cost $40 for a full day. Tickets for Valley Area for a weekend for a half day cost: $40 for an adult, for a junior or senior cost $35. Tickets for weekends for a full day cost $36 for an adult, for a junior or senior cost $33 and for a half day cost $32 for an adult, for a junior or senior cost $28. On weeknights, the ticket costs $32 regardless of age and Saturday night POP tickets cost $49 for all ages.
The Bluster Area lift ticket includes the following: Beginner Carpet, Beginner Tow, and Bluster Carpet. Tickets for Bluster Area for a weekend cost $28 for all ages for a full day. Tickets for all lifts for a weekend for a half day cost $28 for all ages. Tickets for weekends for a whole day cost $28 for all ages and a half day cost $28 for all ages. On weeknights, the ticket costs $42 regardless of age and Saturday night POP tickets cost $49 for all ages.
The Pats Peak Mountain is fun for all ages especially kids with its tubing park. The mountain is perfect for kids and families with a super friendly staff at the resort which responds to any and every grievance and of course, night skiing. The terrain is diverse for all sorts of skiers of every level; the lifts sometimes may get slow, though. The resort is a great place for learners with an expert teaching staff that emphasize more on the fun phase than the battle phase. The tubing park has a lot of recognition as it is fun for all ages.
The trails which are steep there are only a few short but very good trails for advanced level skiers. Night skiing is a must if you visit the resort as it is remarkable and memorable. The lift takes almost 8 minutes to arrive which is a problem. A season pass is worth it but makes sure you do justice to the pass and have as much fun as you want to with all the options available.
With such affordable passes and so many fun activities on offer, Pats Peak is the best place to head out to, this winter. So pack your bags and visit this amazing skiing resort with your near and dear ones and enjoy a whole range of fun activities available here.
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