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Pats Peak Ski Area, located in the only Henniker on Earth, opened for skiing on January 5, 1963. The Patenaude brothers combined Yankee ingenuity with the several businesses owned in the family to hand fashion a ski area.

Back in 1962, the four Patenaude brothers spent a lot of time skiing. They also spent a lot of time standing in lift lines. So they decided to go home to Henniker and build their own ski mountain. Pats Peak remains today what it was decades ago: a first-name place where friends and families return every season. It's where you can feel safe letting your kids roam the mountain, then letting yourself go on challenging terrain.

The Pats Peak Lodges are built from lumber cut from the mountain that was owned by their father, Merle Patenaude. Beams 30 feet long were hewn at the family's sawmill. Construction of the main lodge began in the spring of 1962 by the four Patenaude brothers, friends, and family.  The Peak Chair 1961 Model was built on our slopes in Fall of 1962 for opening in 1963.

 

Trail Map 1964-65

Timeline Highlights

January 5, 1963:

Opened for Skiing

1963:

After School Program Began

1964:

Started to experiment with Snowmaking

1967:

Night Skiing opened to public. Previously it was only used for the After School Program students.

1968-1969 season:

Lodge moved to new location to be closer to parking and expanded 3x its original size. It's former location is located 300 feet up the mountain, where the large evergreen tree today marks the former site.

1968-1969 season:

Peak Double moved downhill

1969-1970 season:

Valley Double Chairlift added

1972-1973 season:

10th Anniversary

Snow White and the Seven Wells is installed: Snow White is the largest single snowmaking compressor in NE and is fed by the Seven Wells. The monstrous twin-piston compressor was once installed at the Packard automobile plant in Detroit and ran the factory's air system. Built in 1936, Snow White has been the heart of Pats Peak's snowmaking operation since 1972.

February 1974:

US National Slalom Championships held at Pats Peak. Due to snowmaking capabilities, Pats Peak had snow when other ski areas did not, therefore we were able to host this US National Slalom Championship event.

1977-1978 season:

Hurricane Triple Chairlift installed.

Valley Lodge built.

1982-1983 season:

20th Anniversary

1984:

Williwau handle tow lift installed.

1988-1989 season:

First Season Snowboarding Rentals were available.

1989-1990 season:

Adult/Corporate Racing Series "Beer League" started.

1992-1993 season:

30th Anniversary

1995-1996 season:

First Terrain Park on Squall Line.

1996-1997 season:

Terrain Park moved to Upper East Wind.

Hurricane gets permanent snowmaking towers every 150 feet.

1997-1998 season:

Terrain Park moved to Valley Slope (its current location).

J-Bar Lift installed on Gusty Slope.

Snowtubing Began.

1998:

The General Court adopted skiing as NH's Official State Sport

1998-1999 season:

Vortex Summit Double Chairlift installed.

Central air-conditioning installed in the Main Lodge to accommodate Banquet Season.

Twister trail gets 100% wider.

2001-2002 season:

A new PistenBully Park Bully is purchased.

2002-2003 season:

40th Anniversary Season

First season of Pay One Price (POP) program.

Main Lodge expansion started with Phase 1 of an expansion of the Pats Peak lodge, which added 8,000 square feet to the facility. Three thousand square feet of walkout sundecks extended from the third floor, facing the slopes.

2003-2004 season:

Turbulence Triple chair in the Valley Area installed.

Valley Lodge expanded with the Rental Shop expanded from a 2,600 square feet to a 9,600 square foot facility.

2004-2005 season:

Carpet lift added in the Beginners Area.

2005-2006 season:

Sled Pub kitchen renovation is completed.

(2) Grooming Snowcats including Kassbohrer Park Bully are added.

Air-conditioning added to the Valley Lodge for banquet season.

2006-2007 season:

Main Lodge upgraded with a new cafeteria.

500-ft SunKid Wonder Carpet Lift on Bluster installed.

2009-2010 season:

F5 Terrain Park and surface lift installed.

Alpine Training Center and Bear's Club building expanded.

2010-2011 season:

A new PistenBully 400 ParkBully is purchased.

A new Ski Patrol summit building is built.

Snowbiking comes to Pats Peak.

2012-2013 season:

50th Anniversary of Pats Peak Opening under the same Patenaude Family Ownership. There is good reason to celebrate. In the highly competitive and fairly risky business of skiing, Pats Peak has shown it has what it takes not only to survive, but to thrive.

Backdraft trail added - a new trail on the "backside" of the mountain.

2013-2014 season:

New high-capacity Triple Chairlift to service (4) New Trails and (1) New Glade as part of the Cascade Basin Expansion, a new area on the backside of the main mountain with 100% snowmaking coverage.

2014-2015 season:

(2) more New Trails bringing the Cascade Basin area to (6) Trails and (1) Glade.

2015-2016 season:

A new PistenBully Park Pro Snowcat grooming machine is purchased to provide the latest specialized, cutting edge grooming technology.

2016-2017 season:

Additional seasonal lockers to be able to keep equipment at the mountain and not have to bring it back and forth including some big family size lockers.

2017-2018 season:

New Triple Chairlift to replace the Peak Double Chairlift, doubling the capacity of the lift from 800 to 1,600 people per hour and added a conveyor carpet system at the bottom of the lift to make loading easier and faster, cutting down on the ride time to the summit.

More seating on the cafeteria level of the Main Lodge, due to the lodge expansion and renovation project.