What a hidden gem among the string of ski resorts that line themselves along I-93! Pats Peak is a relatively small ski resort, with less than 100 acres of land. However, what this resort lacks in size it more than makes up for in professionalism and experience. The amount of detail that goes into Pats Peak easily makes it one of the best resorts in the state. It has impeccable grooming, challenging and varied trails, and several top-notch terrain parks.
The 10 lifts carry visitors up to the top of the 1,400-foot summit, which allows them to then race down the more than 710 feet of vertical. The mountain features plenty of runs for all experience levels. The majority of trails are for beginners, however there are plenty of difficult runs for advanced and expert skiers, as well as challenging runs for intermediate skiers. Novice skiers should head to Blast, easily the least-challenging run from top to bottom. There are also handfuls of ski instructors available that teach both individuals and groups, for either half or full day lessons.
As an added bonus the entire mountain lit up at night, with the largest night skiing area in the entire state. It simply does not get better than a series of night runs under the stars down a beautiful mountain.
As far as dining is concerned, the cafeteria at the base of the mountain offers delicious homemade meals. The Sled Pub provides a great après ski spot complete with bar food and drinks, including some excellent microbrews from around the area. This mountain packs a big punch in a small amount of space, with fabulous day and night skiing, impeccable grooming, great discounts and deals, as well as a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
The mountain provides an incredible experience for anyone who wants to get deep into the snow and carve some great trails. There are over 20 runs for plenty of speed and excitement. There are 11 trails for novices, 4 trails for intermediates, 3 trails for advanced skiers, and 4 trails for experts. Pats Peak often has seriously discounted lift tickets and passes that are definitely worth checking out before heading to the mountain.
Pats Peak has one of the most unique snowboard park setups in the entire state. Turbulence Park never allows riders and freestyle skiers to get too comfortable or used to the park, as the actual layout changes each week. The park constantly listens to rider feedback, which helps to reshape and rebuild the jumps, rails, and boxes. There is also an advanced park known as the Terrain Park and a progression park known as Microburst.
This mountain provides the largest night riding area in the state, with 100 percent of the park lit up and open to ski and board once the sun sets. In addition, the resort also boasts 100 percent snowmaking abilities, so conditions remain ideal even during a dry winter. As an added bonus, the resort also has snowshoeing and snowtubing for when riders need a break.
The resort has a cafeteria located at the base offering standard slope-side fare, however, the food at the cafeteria is all homemade, so it tends to be a much higher quality. The rustic Sled Pub is a great slope-side après ski destination that features a full pub menu and a great selection of beer and wine. The nearby town of Henniker also offers a range of affordable restaurants and lively pubs.