Pats Peak

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Pats Peak
Location Henniker, New Hampshire, U.S.
Coordinates 43°09′48″N 71°47′45″W / 43.16333°N 71.79583°W / 43.16333; -71.79583 (Pats Peak)
Vertical 770 ft (230 m)
Top elevation 1,460 ft (450 m)
Base elevation 690 ft (210 m)
Skiable area 103 acres (420,000 m2)
Runs 28
Longest run 1.5 miles (2.4 km)
Lift system 3 Triples, 3 Doubles, 2 Magic Carpets, 1 J-bar, 2 Tows

Pats Peak is an independent alpine ski resort located in Henniker, New Hampshire, in the United States. The ski area opened in 1963 and has a vertical drop of 770 feet (230 m). It is roughly a 90-minute drive from Boston, Massachusetts.[1]

The four Patenaude brothers bought the original 200-acre (0.81 km2) plot of land for the Peak from their father, Merle Patenaude. It has been owned continuously by the Patenaude family since it opened, with three of the original owners selling their parts of the land to the fourth.[2][1]


Pats Peak has six chairlifts: the Hurricane Triple, Cascade Basin Triple, Turbulence Triple, Vortex Double, Peak Double and Valley Double. The ski area also has a beginners slope with a handle tow and a Magic Carpet, and a larger beginner slope with the Bluster Carpet, the longest magic carpet in New Hampshire. There is also a rope tow in one of the terrain parks.[2][1]

Most trails are named after winds, with names such as Cyclone, Hurricane, Twister and Tornado. The trail network is 50% novice, 21% intermediate, 12% advanced, and 17% expert.[2] Ski magazine said it has the best slalom skiing terrain in New Hampshire (FIS Race Trail, Expert).[2] The mountain contains two or three (depending on conditions) terrain parks, and nine official glades.

Pats Peak has an alpine race team in the Central Division of the NHARA racing league. The team encompasses J6, J5, J4, J3, J2, and J1 age groups. The team mostly is coached by volunteers.

In the 2013-14 seasion, Pats Peak opened an expansion on an unnamed peak next to Craney Hill. Named Cascade Basin, it includes a triple chair lift, covering 370 vertical feet.[3]


  1. ^ a b c " Pats Peak". 4 June 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Pats Peak: The Mountain". Pats Peak Ski Area. 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  3. ^ " Pats Peak - Cascade Basin". 1 November 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 

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