Pats Peak Racing Crew Busy on The Slopes

By AlpineZone News |
Jan 18 2007 - 11:03 AM

HENNIKER, New Hampshire — While many ski races are being canceled or postponed at other mountains, Pats Peak, New Hampshire’s premier family snowsports destination, has been busy holding several local high school races, along with the Adult/Corporate Racing Series, thanks to Pats Peak’s commitment to snowmaking. The Race Department was able to run two High School Races on Friday, January 5th, a Slalom race hosted by Goffstown High School and a Slalom hosted by The Derryfield School. Betsy, Goffstown’s race coach said, “I’m really glad we went with it. I had lots of really good feedback. I think everyone was happy.” More high school races are scheduled for this week.

On Sunday, January 7th, the Pats Peak Ski Club ran the Krantz Open ski race with over 200 races (each taking two runs) after the unseasonably warm day on Saturday. On Tuesday, January 9th, Bishop Guertin High School hosted a Giant Slalom race. On Monday, January 8th, the Tilton Academy contacted Pats Peak to schedule a Giant Slalom on Wednesday, January 10th, as it had been canceled at another mountain due to conditions. Joshua Kirn, Tilton School Alpine Race Coach, said “Pat’s Peak did a tremendous job preparing the hill and was able to accommodate us on just a few days notice; all the schools involved were highly appreciative.”

On Thursday, Bishop Brady High School hosted a Slalom race. Nashua North High School held a Slalom race that was rescheduled on Friday, January 12th. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, the Adult/Corporate Racing Series kicked off with a Giant Slalom race on each night.

Most races have been held on East Wind, as it has a great base depth. The racing continues for the next 8 weeks with four nights a week of Adult/Corporate Racing and many high school races on the schedule. With the snowmaking continuing as temperatures allow, other race trails are anticipated to be available for racing including Twister, FIS Race Trail and Downdraft.

“We are in good shape for racing and have heard many positive comments from the race coaches”, says Sarah Conway, Pats Peak Race Secretary.

More about PATS PEAK Adult/Corporate Racing Program:

Racers come from all over central NH including Manchester, Concord, Portsmouth, Keene, Henniker, Lebanon and Nashua to race in the program. Races are scheduled Monday through Thursday starting in January and run for nine consecutive weeks. The program includes a lift ticket from 3pm until closing on race nights, prizes, apr??s-ski party each night and an awards dinner at the end of the series. This race series competes in the NASTAR dual GS format. Teams consist of seven skiers or snowboarders at least 21 years of age and older. The top five best times for each night are calculated. Individual and team rankings are based on a points system to determine finishes. Prizes are awarded to individual men, women, and teams, both weekly and cumulatively.