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17/18 Capital Improvements Announced!

8/1/2017
This year’s list of capital improvements for the 2017-2018 season include a new triple chair lift; additional energy-efficient snowmaking fan guns; lodge expansion; new rental skis, boots and snowboards; new deck heaters; and upgraded behind the scenes infrastructure. 
 
 
Media Contact:

Lori Rowell, Director of Marketing
PATS PEAK SKIING, LLC
Henniker, NH 03242
(603) 428-3245, ext. 108
lori@patspeak.com

ANNOUNCING CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS
AT PATS PEAK SKI AREA FOR THE 2017-2018 SEASON

Henniker, NH, August 1, 2017 – PATS PEAK, Southern New Hampshire’s favorite mountain, enters into its 55th consecutive ski and snowboard season. The steadfast stewardship, along with continued investment, by their locally owned family for more than 55 years has made them the "go-to" ski area in NH. Generations have called Pats Peak home and continue to carry on the tradition.  
 
 “We know that New England weather can be challenging with varying temperatures and levels of natural snowfall. That is why exceptional snowmaking capacity is a priority for us. We want to give our guests as much time as possible to enjoy the slopes every year. Fortunately, we have committed ownership who are willing to invest in the very best products, allowing us to provide this great service year after year,” commented General Manager, Kris Blomback.
 
This year’s list of capital improvements for the 2017-2018 season include a new triple chair lift; additional energy-efficient snowmaking fan guns; lodge expansion; new rental skis, boots and snowboards; new deck heaters; and upgraded behind the scenes infrastructure. 

--New Peak Triple Chair

The ole Peak Double Chair was a good one. But with the new triple chair lift Pats Peak will be doubling the capacity of the lift from 800 to 1,600 people per hour. Also, they will be deploying some newer technology at the bottom of the lift with a conveyor carpet system that will make loading easier and faster, cutting down on the ride time to the summit.

--Additional Energy-Efficient Snowmaking Fan Guns

Pats Peak is a big fan of powder and this year is no exception. Improvements to provide early season skiing/riding continues to be at the forefront of their upgrades with another $250,000 investment into their already impressive 100% state-of-the-art snowmaking coverage system. This year’s investment is the addition of six additional Fan Guns from Snow Machines Inc.
 
Pats Peak was the first ski area in New Hampshire to offer snowmaking and continues today to be a ski industry leader. “With our new snow guns, we will be able to open more terrain even faster and sustain it longer, even through stretches with marginal winter temperatures”, says Blomback.

--More Lodge Space

Pats Peak is midway through their lodge expansion and renovation. When it is complete, it will add more seating, an elevator and new bathrooms along with expanded locker service. This year’s expansion work will be done on the middle A-frame of the lodge and by adding more seating on the cafeteria level. 

--More Rental Equipment in the Rental Shop

Every season the Starting Gate Rental Shop adds to its already impressive rental fleet. This season renters will find new Elan skis, boots and poles along with new Burton snowboard boots.
 
The 9,600 square foot Starting Gate Rental Shop is Northern New England’s largest rental shop. The Shop will continue to provide fast service to renters with its self-service check-in service, where renter information is stored to make each rental process quicker. This allows skiers and riders out on the slopes even faster.

--New Deck Heaters

Brand new deck heaters will take the edge off of that chill while skiers and riders are relaxing on the deck. These are state-of-the-art and incredibly efficient. They'll be placed throughout the third floor deck nearest the Sled Pub.

--Renovated Behind the Scenes Infrastructure

When a ski area turns 50 so does a lot of its "behind the scenes" stuff that delivers great experiences year in and year out. With these new, behind the scenes updates, guests will a notice much smoother process in the day-to-day operations at Pats Peak.

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 great value for guests who ski or ride frequently. An early season discounted Season Pass rate is available until September 5, 2017. 

POP - Pay-One Price - Saturday Nights - Under the Lights

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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 www.patspeak.com/Tickets-Passes/Lift-Ticket-Rates.aspx

Adult Ski/Snowboard Clinics

Weekday Adult Ski/Snowboard Lesson Clinic, the most cost effective way to learn or improve your skills with lots of attention on individual development. This is the perfect program for anyone with flexibility to take time off during the week. Skiers & Snowboarders of all abilities welcome! Adult Clinics include a professional lesson clinics with the Pats Peak Snowsports School, a morning half-day lift ticket and lunch - all for less than the cost of a Half-Day Lift Ticket! Adult Clinics can be taken Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday morning, starting the January 2, 2018 until the end of the season (excluding Wednesdays, Monday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, February President’s Week and NH School Vacation Week).  These clinics meet at 10am at the Snowsports School Meeting Place.  Discount Adult Clinic Cards are available: $175 Card for 5-Adult Clinics; $300 Card for 10-Adult Clinics; $40/day Guest for a Day/Try our Adult Clinic; $125 Card for 5-Adult Clinics for a Season Pass Holder; $200 Card for 10-Adult Clinics for a Season Pass Holder; $30/day Guest for a Day/Try our Program for a Season Pass Holder. The Adult Clinic Cards are transferable and may be used for multiple transactions on one day. They are good for the ski and ride season in which they were purchased. 

WOW – Women's Only Wednesday - Ski/Snowboard Clinics

On Wednesdays, starting January 3, 2018, women can participate in the WOW, Women’s Only Wednesday, Program for seven weeks. Women start the day off at 9am by enjoying a continental breakfast and an exciting morning discussion, designed specifically for women. Discussion topics include: skiing/snowboarding fears and risk factors, yoga, skiing/riding exercises, nutrition, strength & power, stance and balance, physical and psychological gender differences, confidence building, equipment and boot fitting, and video analysis to enhance basic skills and improve personal skiing/snowboarding. After morning discussions, participants head out onto the slopes for on-hill clinics taught by women only. The morning ends with a delicious lunch with instructors, allowing students and instructors to discuss their morning on the slopes. The cost is only $289 for a full 7-week program, lift, lesson, morning discussions, continental breakfast and lunch ($215 for Season Pass Holders). Skiers/Snowboarders are welcome to sign up at the Pats Peak Snowsports Desk to “Try our Program” for a daily fee of $60/day for the WOW Program. 

Adult/Corporate Night Racing - Open to all abilities

Adult RacingAdults can get in some time on the snow during weeknights and spend it with friends in the PATS PEAK Adult/Corporate Night Racing Series. Races are scheduled Monday through Thursday starting January 2, 2018 and conclude at the end of NH School Vacation Week. Races are held weekly, weather permitting. The entry fee guarantees seven races, which count towards the finals. Any make-ups (to reach seven races) will be held on Thursday and Friday nights in March. Medal points will be awarded to individuals and medal points will go towards their team score. The top 5 Teams from each night qualify to race in the finals and enjoy the complimentary banquet. Individuals or those who don't have a complete team can easily be placed on other teams. The cost is $700 per team and includes weekly races, a lift ticket from 3pm to 9pm on race nights, prizes and après-ski party each race night.  This racing series competes in the NASTAR dual GS format. Teams consist of five to seven skiers or snowboarders at least 21 years of age and older. Individual and team rankings are based on a points system to determine finishes. Prizes are awarded to individual men, women, and teams, both weekly and cumulatively. 

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More about PATS PEAK:

PATS PEAK is beginning its 55th consecutive ski and snowboard season under the Patenaude family ownership. PATS PEAK has 28 well-groomed trails for all abilities, 9 gladed areas, 3 terrain parks, a snowtubing park, 11 lifts, 100 percent snowmaking and some of the most challenging skiing in Southern New Hampshire.

PATS PEAK has a Weekday Learn to Ski and Ride Program for more than 8,000 kids from over 100 local schools. There are more than 70 Adult Racing teams in theAdult/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).