Pats Peak in New Hampshire posts new lift ticket discounts for 2013.14 for premium Mountain Sports Club members and an exciting announcement of a new lift and more runs. Pats Peak has been a favorite of Mountain Sports Club members the last 7 years. Here is some detail on the new lift, trails and improvements for 2013.14.
INTRODUCING CASCADE BASIN
New Lift And New Trails For The 2013/2014 Season
Henniker, NH – PATS PEAK, southern New Hampshire’s favorite mountain, enters into its 51st consecutive ski and snowboard season under the same local family ownership.
There are exciting improvements in store for the 2013/2014 season with a new triple chairlift to service four new trails and one glade as part of the Cascade Basin expansion, a new area with 100% snow making coverage; (6) additional energy-efficient snow making guns; more rental equipment; and the installation of geothermal heating.
Kris Blomback, General Manager, commented, “We always strive to provide our guests with something new and exciting every season. This season we are excited to showcase our largest expansion project ever with the addition of Cascade Basin.”
New Triple Chairlift
This summer Pats Peak installed a new triple chairlift as part of their Cascade Basin Expansion. This will bring the number of chairlifts to six, giving Pats Peak the largest uphill capacity in the region to assure a great day on the snow.
4 New Trails and 1 Glade
Cascade Basin is a completely new area on the “backside” of the main mountain. For the 2013/2014 season, the new area will consist of four new ski trails as well as one new glade. The trails will have 100% snow making coverage to continue to provide quality snow surfaces. Future options include more terrain, night skiing and additional terrain parks.
To enter into the new area, skiers/riders will take the Backdraft trail, which will lead them to the bottom of the new triple chairlift. Trail names will be picked this summer via a Facebook Contest.
Blomback stated, “We are excited to add an entirely new area to our mix of trails. Skiers and riders are going to love exploring this new terrain to give them more variety. Last year our guests came up with a slew of good names in our trail naming contest so we are going to do it again with another Facebook trail naming contest.”
For more information on the Cascade Basin expansion including a blog, maps, timeline and photo journal: http://www.patspeak.com/winter/cascadebasin.html
Upgraded Snow making Capabilities with Additional Energy-Efficient Snow making Guns
Every year the snow making efforts gain enhancements to provide even more snow making power to the trails. This season six additional snow making fan guns will be added to the snow making arsenal to improve snow output. Fan guns require 20-25% less compressed air than other technologies, while putting out more snow in marginal temperature conditions. Pats Peak was the first ski area in New Hampshire to offer snow making and continues today to be an industry leader.
“Energy efficiency and the ability to open more terrain quickly remain our top priorities. These type of snow guns give us the ability to open more terrain faster and sustain it longer through stretches with marginal temperatures”, says Blomback.
More Rental Equipment
Pats Peak is home to northern New England’s largest rental shop. Every season the Starting Gate Rental Shop continues to add to its already impressive rental fleet. This season new ski boots, skis and Burton Learn-to-Ride boots and snowboards have been added. The state-of-the-art 9,600 square foot Rental Shop provides fast service to renters along with a carpet lift that takes guests and their equipment up to the slopes.
Installation of Geothermal Heating
Every year Pats Peak takes steps to lessen the ski area’s environmental footprint. This season’s action includes adding geothermal heating to heat the base lodges and paved walkways. Geothermal heating is one of the most energy efficient, environmentally clean, and cost-effective ways to heat. It generates far fewer greenhouse gas emissions than a conventional system.