PATS PEAK Capital Improvements for the 12/13 Season
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Lori Rowell, Director of Marketing
Pats Peak Skiing, LLC
Henniker, NH 03242
(603) 428-3245, ext. 108
HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY PATS PEAK!
YOU GET THE PRESENTS.
Skiers and Riders get to enjoy the exciting gifts for the 2012/2013 season
Henniker, NH, July 27, 2012 – PATS PEAK, southern New Hampshire’s favorite mountain, enters into its 50th consecutive ski and snowboard season under the same local family ownership. For the upcoming season, PATS PEAK continues to focus on improving the guest experience in all facets of the operation. Through these efforts PATS PEAK continues to be a number one destination for skiers and riders in southern NH.
The 2012/2013 season brings with it a new arrival area; a new trail; Women’s Burton Learn To Ride Center; upgraded snowmaking capabilities; new rental equipment; base lodge upgrades; a new generator as well as a large air bag for the Terrain Park.
Kris Blomback, General Manager, commented, “We are excited to enter into our 50th consecutive ski and snowboard season. We are fortunate that ownership is committed to improving the operation on a yearly basis, even after a less than stellar season, due to lack of natural snowfall. We pride ourselves on providing excellent snow conditions. This season we will continue to fine tune one of the most powerful snowmaking systems in New England by adding additional snow guns to our already impressive arsenal. For the past few plus seasons we have been the first to open 100% of our trails and slopes. This investment will help us to honor that commitment to bring our skiers and riders the best conditions.”
New Arrival Area complete with Clock Tower and Warming Area
The arrival area has received a major makeover. The post and beam pavilion is compliments of the craftsmanship by Bensonwood Timber Frames of Walpole, NH. This new entryway between the lodges is complete with a warming area, brick walkway, stone walls and granite steps. It is finished off with a copper roof and a clock tower.
Blomback stated, “We are obsessed with offering the best guest experience. One of our major improvements this season is for both the winter and summer banquet season. Our arrival area has been re-designed to include a beautiful timber structure, warming area and clock tower. We feel that this will “set the stage” for a welcoming entrance.”
PATS PEAK is excited to add an Air Bag to its collection of fun activities. This feature will be located in the F5 Park. The Air Bag is an inflatable cushion similar to those used in the world of professional stunts. By placing the Air Bag behind a jump it is designed to offer a safe opportunity to practice all kind of freestyle jumps providing a soft, cushy landing. It is used for training and entertainment for both professional and amateur skiers/riders. Electrical blowers are placed in the sides of the bag to keep it afloat while it is being used.
A new trail off the summit was added on the “backside” of the mountain. This trail will feed into the middle part of the Breeze trail. This will be a second novice run off the top of the mountain. The new trail name will be determined via a Facebook Contest. This trail is the first step in a long term expansion project that includes several trails and a lift off the “backside” of the mountain with more details to be released in the near future pending environmental permit approval.
1st Women's Burton Learn To Ride (LTR) Center in New Hampshire
New this year, PATS PEAK has earned the distinction of becoming the first Burton Women’s Learn to Ride Center in New Hampshire. This commitment showcases a strong dedication to women-specific teaching and learning. Burton's specialized women's rental equipment and snowboard lessons are offered for women every day, but female snowboarders are guaranteed a 100% Women's Only lesson, at 11:30am every Saturday. PATS PEAK is already a Burton Learn To Ride Center (LTR) for Adults and Kids with LTR Boards designed to accelerate learning by utilizing beginner-specific equipment.
Additional Energy-Efficient Snowmaking Guns and Snowmaking Pipe
Our snowmaking efforts get another boost this year with the addition of six new Fan Guns from Snow Machines Inc and HKD Turbo, the most energy efficient snowmaking equipment. Fan Guns require 20-25% less compressed air than other technologies, while putting out more snow in marginal temperature conditions.
“We will be able to open more terrain faster and sustain it longer through stretches with marginal temperatures. Also, using this type of snowmaking technology provides us with substantial savings in energy costs. Also, snowmaking pipe has been upgraded”, says Blomback.
More Rental Equipment
Every season the Rental Shop continues to add to its already impressive rental fleet. This season 100 pairs of Dalbello Adult Ski Boots, 100 Elan 140cm skis, 200 Elan junior skis and 125 Burton snowboards, bindings and snowboard boots 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.
The mountain operations team continues to upgrade the Base Lodges with new paint on the outside of the lodges. To enhance the guest experience, a new carpet has been installed in the Valley Lodge and main entrance area. Not only does this impact the winter experience but also enhances the summer banquet season.
A new back up generator has been installed for back up services in the base area. This generator is important for the night skiing operation in the winter and the banquet season in the summer.
GREAT SEASON PASS RATES – MANY AFFORDABLE OPTIONS
PATS PEAK is close to home; located only twenty minutes from Concord, forty minutes from Manchester, and ninety minutes from Boston. Skiers and Riders can enjoy their winter season close to home at PATS PEAK, with great skiing and riding on incredible snow with outstanding customer service. PATS PEAK Season Passes provide outstanding value for guests who ski or ride frequently. An early season discounted Season Pass rate is available until September 4th. For PATS PEAK Season Pass prices and products and to order online visit http://www.patspeak.com/winter/seasonpasses.html.
PAY-ONE-PRICE (POP) SATURDAY NIGHTS – UNDER THE LIGHTS
PATS PEAK continues its most popular program, Pay-One-Price (POP) Saturday Nights, whereby one low price on Saturday nights allows access to lesson tips, lifts, tubing, rentals, entertainment, bonfires and more from 3pm to 10pm (tubing hours 5pm to 10pm).
POP Group discount is available for 15 or more people by contacting Group Sales. It’s the most affordable night skiing in all of New England. For more information on this program, visit http://www.patspeak.com/winter/lift_rate.html.
ADULT CLINICS - FOR BEGINNERS THROUGH ADVANCED
The Adult Ski & Snowboard Clinics are a great way for skiers and riders who have the flexibility midweek to spend their morning on the slopes. Purchase seven (7) half-days of professional lesson clinics with the Pats Peak Snowsports School including lunch with the instructor and take the lesson clinic on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday morning, starting the first full week in January until the end of the season (excluding Wednesdays, Monday of Martin Luther King, Jr Day, February President's Week or NH Vacation Week). These lesson clinics must be taken during the current season. Lesson Clinic meets at 10am at the Snowsports Meeting Place. For more information on this program, visit http://www.patspeak.com/winter/adultskiclinics.html.
WOW – WOMEN’S ONLY WEDNESDAY – SKI/SNOWBOARD CLINIC
The WOW Program is offered on Wednesday mornings for seven (7) weeks beginning the first full week in January (excluding February President's Week or NH Vacation Week). Skiers/riders meet for a continental breakfast at 9am in the Sleigh Room along with an exciting morning discussion, designed around the needs of the participants of the program. Then head out onto the slopes for lesson clinics taught by women! To end the morning, enjoy lunch with the instructors. For more information on this program, visit http://www.patspeak.com/winter/adultskiclinics.html.
ADULT/CORPORATE NIGHT RACING – OPEN TO ALL ABILITIES
Get in some time on the snow during weeknights and spend it with friends in the PATS PEAK Adult/Corporate Night Racing Series beginning in January. This race series competes in the NASTAR dual GS format on either FIS Race Trail or Twister Slope. Teams consist of five to seven team members at least 21 years of age. The top five best times for each night are calculated. Individual and team rankings are based on a points system to determine finishes. Individuals or those who don't have a complete team can easily be placed on other teams by the PATS PEAK Race Department.
For more information, visit http://www.patspeak.com/winter/adultracing.html.
More about PATS PEAK:
PATS PEAK is beginning its 50th consecutive ski and snowboard season under the Patenaude family ownership. PATS PEAK has 23 well-groomed trails for all abilities, 7 gladed areas, 3 terrain parks, a snowtubing park, 10 high-capacity lifts, 100 percent snowmaking and some of the most challenging skiing in Southern New Hampshire.
PATS PEAK has a Weekday Learn to Ski and Snowboard Program for more than 8,000 kids from over 100 local schools. There are more than 70 Adult Racing teams in the Adult/Corporate Racing League. Many adults participate in the weekday Adult Ski & Snowboard Clinics for all ability levels. PATS PEAK has 100% of its trails and slopes lit for night and is one of the state's most accessible learn-to-ski-and-snowboard mountains, with three separate beginner areas.
During the "Other Season of Pats Peak", Pats Peak Banquet Center is the perfect location for wedding receptions, parties, company meetings, company outings, or any social gathering!
PATS PEAK is located in Henniker, NH, just twenty minutes from Concord, forty minutes from Manchester, and ninety minutes from Boston. The latest information, snow conditions, photos and events are available at www.patspeak.com or call 1-888-PATS PEAK (1-888-728-7732).
PATS PEAK can be reached:
* By telephone at 603-428-3245
* By FAX at 603-428-7821
* 24-hour snow conditions at 1-888-PATS-PEAK
* Online at www.patspeak.com
If you need further assistance and/or are interested in visiting PATS PEAK on a press assignment, please contact:
Director of Marketing and Sales
Pats Peak Ski Area & Banquet Center * PO Box 2448 * Henniker, NH 03242
603-428-3245 ext. 108
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