Henniker, NH

Mountain:  Pats Peak
Resort Name:  Pats Peak Resort

Description of the mountain:
WINTER INFORMATION:  Pats Peak is in its 50th consecutive ski and snowboard season under the same family ownership. Pats Peak has 23 trails, seven gladed areas, three terrain parks, a tubing park, and 100 percent snowmaking. Pats Peak has 100 percent of its trails lit for night skiing/ riding, complete with the longest lit top-to-bottom beginner run in New Hampshire. A new novice trail has been added to the “backside” of the mountain, eventually feeding skiers and riders onto the Breeze trail.  Pats Peak is one of the state’s most accessible learn-to-ski-and-snowboard mountains, with three separate beginner areas. Being hassle free is what The Peak is all about, and the carpet lifts on the learning slopes are just one of the ways they have done just that.

SUMMER INFORMATION:  Pats Peak Banquet Center is a full-service Banquet Center, accommodating up to 200 guests for any type of event, including weddings, company meetings, class reunions, anniversary parties and more. The Pats Peak staff provides personalized service and takes care of every desire. Facility amenities include beautiful stone fireplaces, air-conditioning and panoramic views of the mountain. Pats Peak is a one-stop banquet center.

History:
Pats Peak Ski Area, located in the only Henniker on Earth, is a 50 year old legend in New Hampshire. The Patenaude brothers combined Yankee ingenuity with the several businesses owned in the family to hand fashion a ski area.
Back in 1962, the four Patenaude brothers spent a lot of time skiing. They also spent a lot of time standing in lift lines. So they decided to go home to Henniker and build their own ski mountain. Pats Peak remains today what it was decades ago: a first-name place where friends and families return every season. It's where you can feel safe letting your kids roam the mountain, then letting yourself go on challenging terrain.
The Pats Peak Lodges are built from lumber cut from the mountain that was owned by their father, Merle Patenaude. Beams 30 feet long were hewn at the family's sawmill. Construction of the main lodge began in the spring of 1962 by the four Patenaude brothers, friends, and family.  The Peak Chair 1961 Model was built on our slopes in fall of 1962 for opening in 1963.

PATS PEAK TIMELINE HIGHLIGHTS
January 5, 1963: Opened for Skiing
1963: After School Program Began
1964: Started to experiment with Snowmaking
1967: Night Skiing opened to public. Previously it was only used for the After School Program students.
1968-1969 season: Lodge moved to new location to be closer to parking and expanded 3x its original size. Its former location is located 300 feet up the mountain, where the large evergreen tree today marks the former site.
1968-1969 season: Peak Double moved downhill
1969-1970 season: Valley Double Chairlift added
1972-1973 season: Snow White and the Seven Wells is installed: Snow White is the largest single snowmaking compressor in NE and is fed by the Seven Wells. The monstrous twin-piston compressor was once installed at the Packard automobile plant in Detroit and ran the factory's air system. Built in 1936, Snow White has been the heart of Pats Peak's snowmaking operation since 1972.
February 1974: US National Slalom Championships held at Pats Peak. Due to snowmaking capabilities, Pats Peak had snow when other ski areas did not, therefore we were able to host this US National Slalom Championship event.
1977-1978 season: Hurricane Triple Chairlift installed.
Valley Lodge built.
1982: Adult/Corporate "Beer League" started.
1984: Williwau handle tow lift installed.
1988-1989 season: First Season Snowboarding Rentals were available.
1995-1996 season: First Terrain Park on Squall Line.
1996-1997 season: Terrain Park moved to Upper East Wind.
Hurricane gets permanent snowmaking towers every 150 feet.
1997-1998 season: Terrain Park moved to Valley Slope (its current location).
J-Bar Lift installed on Gusty Slope.
Snowtubing Began.
1998: The General Court adopted skiing as NH's Official State Sport
1998-1999 season: Vortex Summit Double Chairlift installed.
Central air-conditioning installed in the Main Lodge to accommodate Banquet Season.
Twister trail gets 100% wider.
2001-2002 season: A new PistenBully Park Bully is purchased.
2002-2003 season: First season of Pay One Price (POP) program.
Main Lodge expansion started with Phase 1 of an expansion of the Pats Peak lodge, which added 8,000 square feet to the facility. Three thousand square feet of walkout sundecks extended from the third floor, facing the slopes.
2003-2004 season: Turbulence Triple chair in the Valley Area installed.
Valley Lodge expanded with the Rental Shop expanded from a 2,600 square feet to a 9,600 square foot facility.
2004-2005 season: Carpet lift added in the Beginners Area.
2005-2006 season: Sled Pub kitchen renovation is completed.
(2) Grooming Snowcats including Kassbohrer Park Bully are added.
Air-conditioning added to the Valley Lodge for banquet season.
2006-2007 season: Main Lodge upgraded with a new cafeteria.
500-ft SunKid Wonder Carpet Lift on Bluster installed.
2009-2010 season: F5 Terrain Park and surface lift installed.
Alpine Training Center and Bear's Club building expanded.
2010-2011 season: A new PistenBully 400 ParkBully is purchased.
A new Ski Patrol summit building is built.
Snowbiking comes to Pats Peak.

2012-2013 season: 50th Anniversary of Pats Peak Opening under the same Patenaude Family Ownership. There is good reason to celebrate. In the highly competitive and fairly risky business of skiing, Pats Peak has shown it has what it takes not only to survive, but to thrive.
New Trail is added on the "backside" of the mountain.
Trails:  23 trails and slopes and 7 gladed areas
Overall Ratings:  Novice 12 trails, Intermediate 4 trails, Advanced 3 trails, and Expert 4 trails

URL:  http://www.patspeak.com

Address:  
New 911 Physical Address:
686 Flanders Road, Henniker, NH 03242
(old address: 24 Flanders Road)
Phone number: General Information: (603) 428-3245 | Snow Phone: (888) 728-7732 | Fax:   603-428-7821 | E-mail:  info@patspeak.com

Dates of Season:   First of December to end of March *
*weather dependent, may vary


FACTS:

Trails & Terrain:
Terrain: 73 acres
Snowmaking: 100% of terrain guaranteed coverage all season long
Lifts: 10 including 2 Triple, 3 Double, 1 J-Bar, 2 Handle Tows, 2 Carpet Lifts
16 miles of terrain on 23 marked trails
Terrain Difficulty:  Novice 50%, Intermediate 18%, Advanced 14% and Expert 18%
Longest Run:  1.5 miles Breeze/Zephyr/Squall Line
Terrain Parks:  3 Terrain parks with features of all sizes for all abilities
Night Skiing:  All 23 trails are lit for night skiing

Snowfall & Temperatures:
Average Snowfall: 73 inches annually
Average High Temperature:
Average Low Temperature:

Elevation:
Summit Elevation:  1400 feet/430 meters
Base Elevation:  690 feet/210 meters
Vertical Drop:  710 feet/220 meters


HOW TO GET THERE:

Planes:
FROM MANCHESTER-BOSTON (MHT) REGIONAL AIRPORT:
1 Airport Rd, Manchester, NH  03103
Merge onto I-293 North via the ramp on the Left toward Bedford/Nashua/Concord. I-293 North becomes I-93 North (portions toll). Take I-93 North to Concord, NH. Take I-89 North. Take Exit 5 (a left hand exit). Follow Route 202/9 West. Take the Henniker Exit. Follow Route 114 South. Go straight through the center of town for approximately 2 miles and look for the Pats Peak sign on your right. Take the right and follow the road to the Pats Peak entrance.
FROM BOSTON LOGAN (BOS) LNTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:
1 Harborside Dr, East Boston, MA  02128

Merge onto I-90 West/MA Pike/Massachusetts Turnpike/Ted Williams Tunnel. Take Exit 24 toward I-93. Merge onto I-93 North (Portions toll - Crossing into New Hampshire). Take I-93 North to Concord, NH. Take I-89 North. Take Exit 5 (a left hand exit). Follow Route 202/9 West. Take the Henniker Exit. Follow Route 114 South. Go straight through the center of town for approximately 2 miles and look for the Pats Peak sign on your right. Take the right and follow the road to the Pats Peak entrance.

Automobiles:
GPS Coordinates:
Latitude 43.163949
Longitude -71.797982
Coordinates 43.163949, -71.797982
N43°9.83694, W071°47.87892

FROM MANCHESTER, NH AND BOSTON, MA
Take I-93 North to Concord, NH. Take I-89 North. Take Exit 5 (a left hand exit). Follow Route 202/9 West. Take the Henniker Exit. Follow Route 114 South. Go straight through the center of town for approximately 2 miles and look for the Pats Peak sign on your right. Take the right and follow the road to the Pats Peak entrance.

FROM NASHUA, NH
Take the Everett Turnpike North to I-293 North. Take Route 101 West to Route 114 North. Look for the Pats Peak sign on the left. Take the left and follow the road to the Pats Peak entrance.

FROM KEENE, NH AND BRATTLEBORO, VT
Take Route 9 East to Henniker. Take the Henniker Exit. Follow Route 114 South. Go straight through the center of town for approximately 2 miles and look for the Pats Peak sign on your right. Take the right and follow the road to the Pats Peak entrance.

FROM PORTSMOUTH, NH
Take Route 101 West toward Manchester, NH. Merge onto I-93 North to Concord, NH. Take I-89 North. Take Exit 5 (a left hand exit). Follow Route 202/9 West. Take the Henniker Exit. Follow Route 114 South. Go straight through the center of town for approximately 2 miles and look for the Pats Peak sign on your right. Take the right and follow the road to the Pats Peak entrance.
OR Take Route 4 West to Concord, NH (make sure you take 393 East) to I-93 South. Take I-89 North. Take Exit 5 (a left hand exit). Follow Route 202/9 West. Take the Henniker Exit. Follow Route 114 South. Go straight through the center of town for approximately 2 miles and look for the Pats Peak sign on your right. Take the right and follow the road to the Pats Peak entrance.

FROM BURLINGTON, VT AND LEBANON, NH
Take I-89 South to Exit 5 (Route 202/9 West). Proceed on Routes 202/9 West to the Henniker Exit. Follow Route 114 South. Go straight through the center of town for approximately 2 miles and look for Pats Peak on your right. Take the right and follow the road to the Pats Peak entrance.

FROM LITTLETON, NH AND PLYMOUTH, NH
Take I-93 South to Concord, NH. Take I-89 North. Take Exit 5 (a left hand exit). Follow Route 202/9 West. Take the Henniker Exit. Follow Route 114 South. Go straight through the center of town for approximately 2 miles and look for the Pats Peak sign on your right. Take the right and follow the road to the Pats Peak entrance.


TRAVEL TIMES
Concord, NH    20 min
Keene, NH    35 min
Manchester, NH    40 min
Nashua, NH    50 min
Boston, MA    90 min
Worcester, MA    90 min
Portsmouth, NH    1.25 hr
Brattleboro, VT    1.25 hr
Burlington, VT    2 hr
Providence, RI    2.5 hr

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