100% Night Skiing, Increased Snowmaking, New Glades Highlight Pats Peak Improvements

By AlpineZone News |
Aug 05 2008 - 02:24 PM

HENNIKER, New Hampshire — 46 years and still going strong. Pats Peak, New Hampshire’s premier family snowsports destination, enters into its 46th consecutive ski and snowboard season under the same local family ownership. Pats Peak continually focuses to improve its facility and experience for their skiers and snowboarders.

Increase snowmaking capabilities; 100% night skiing; new rental equipment; new gladed area; ticketing system upgrade; additional seasonal lockers and a new food service option, are only some of the improvements slated for the 2008/2009 season.

Kris Blomback, General Manager, commented, “We are obsessed with offering the best service. That commitment extends to every aspect of our operation. When we make an investment it’s to fulfill that end goal. This year we have paid particular attention to fine tuning one of the most powerful snowmaking systems in New England and lighting our final trail, which will give us the most diverse night skiing in all of Northern New England.”

Snowmaking Upgrades Continue – 100% snowmaking coverage and then some.
Like any great piece of work it’s never completed. Our snowmaking efforts get another boost this year with the addition of:

  • A high capacity water pump
  • 14 additional HKD tower guns
  • 8 new SMI Polecat snowmaking fan guns

Comments Blomback, “Energy efficiency and the ability to open more terrain quickly is our number one priority. Last year we were the first ski area to open 100% of its trails and slopes. This year we aim to improve upon that time-wise. Quality snow and powerful production is our calling. In fact we even blow snow in our gladed areas setting us apart from the competition.”

100% Night Skiing ??“ steepest double diamond terrain lit in Northern New England

When the sun goes down, the party is just beginning at Pats Peak. Pats Peak offers the most diverse terrain for night skiing in northern New England. Whether it’s after work or after school, head to Pats Peak to relax on the slopes and enjoy 100% of the mountain with all 22 trails lit for night skiing. With the addition of night lighting on the Tornado trail, Pats Peak now has the most lit double diamond terrain and glades in Northern New England.

New Rental Equipment ??“ adding to an already impressive rental fleet
Pats Peak is Northern New England’s Largest Rental Shop. Guests can get their gear fast in the state-of-the-art 9,600 square foot Rental Shop, complete with a carpet lift that takes guests and their equipment up to the slopes. In the 2008/2009 Ski Season, the Rental Shop will continue to enhance its already impressive rental fleet. New rental equipment includes 200 new pairs of skis & bindings, 300 pairs of ski boots and 150 snowboards.

New Gladed Area ??“ 7 gladed areas to choose from
The Glade-iators of the Mountain Operations team are at it again with the thinning of the woods between the East Wind and Duster trails. This is the seventh gladed area on the mountain, giving even more options to enjoy a variety of terrain. Our snowmaking operation also has this area targeted for coverage.

Ticketing System Upgrade ??“ enhancing customer service
If you hate to wait in line for your ticket, Pats Peak understands. A $20,000 upgrade to the ticketing computer system will increase the efficiency of guest service transactions on a daily basis.

Additional Seasonal Lockers ??“ meeting customer demands
This winter Pats Peak continues to address the customer demand by adding additional seasonal lockers. This is a great option for families instead of bringing their equipment back and forth from home to the mountain. The Seasonal Locker Room is conveniently located below the Main Lodge so guests can access their lockers throughout the day.

New Food Service Option ??“ personalize your “Grilled Cheese”
Can you say, “Grilled Cheese, Plz.”? You can never have enough food variety when it comes ski resorts and Pats Peak now offers a new food service option, “Grilled Cheese Plz”, located in the Valley Lodge. Guests can satisfy their hunger with comfort foods of a made-to-order gourmet grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of tomato soup, along with a variety of other snack and drink options.

Great Season Pass Rates ??“ many affordable options
Pats Peak is close to home, located only twenty minutes from Concord, forty minutes from Manchester, and ninety minutes from Boston. With the increase in gas prices you can enjoy your ski season close to home at Pats Peak, where you will find great skiing on incredible snow with outstanding customer service. An early season discounted Season Pass rate of only $339 for Adults and $249 for Juniors is available until September 8, 2008.

“A Pats Peak Season Pass provides outstanding value for guests who ski or ride here frequently,” said Lori Rowell, Pats Peak Director of Marketing and Sales. “Guests only need to ski/ride approximately six times to pay for the pass. The Unlimited Pass has no restrictions and can be used for day and night skiing.” For Pats Peak Season Pass prices and products and to order online visit www.patspeak.com/seasonpasses.htm.

Pay-One-Price (POP) Saturday Nights ??“ under the lights
Pats Peak continues its most popular program, Pay-One-Price (POP) Saturday Nights, whereby one low price on Saturday nights allows access to lesson tips, lifts, tubing, rentals, entertainment, bonfires and more from 3pm to 10pm (tubing hours 5pm to 10pm). POP Group discount is available for 15 or more people by contacting Group Sales. It’s the most affordable night skiing in all of New England.

Adult Ski & Snowboard Clinics ??“ for beginners through advanced
If you have the flexibility to get away midweek the Adult Ski & Snowboard Clinics are a perfect way to spend your morning on the slopes. Adult Ski & Snowboard Clinics are available weekday mornings for seven weeks beginning January 5, 2009. For more information on these programs, visit www.patspeak.com/adultskiclinics.htm.

Adult/Corporate Night Racing ??“ open to all abilities
Looking to get in some time on the snow in the evening and spend it with friends? The Pats Peak Adult/Corporate Night Racing keeps Pats Peak hopping during weeknights beginning January 5, 2009. For more information, visit www.patspeak.com/adultracing.htm.