Pats Peaks Reaping Benefits Of Latest Winter Storms
For resorts like Pats Peak in N.H., the hits keep coming in the form of a lineup producing one productive weather system after another.
First it was Winter Storm Cleon, then Dion, now Electra, soon to be followed by Falco. And all of eastern skiing and riding are thanking the snow angels.
“It’s very snowy right now, after we got 10 inches from the latest storm,” Pats Peak’s Lori Rowell told SnoCountry.com. “We’ve opened over 20 trails and we’re doing well. The goal is to be completely open for the holidays. The snow is getting everyone excited.”
For the resort in Henniker, N.H. the timing of all these seasonal gifts is perfect as the new Cascade Basin, served by the Cascade Basin triple chair, is ready to open.
“The expansion this year includes four trails,” Rowell continued. “We have snowmaking there, and with the natural snow, we’re working to get Cascade Basin open.”
Pats Peak will soon offer its’ innovative Pay-One-Price (POP) program. For just $48 per person, guests have access to skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, lesson tips, rentals, bonfires, and entertainment on Saturday nights beginning December 28.
“Step Up To POP Tickets” are available from 12 to 10 p.m. for $78; 1 to 10 p.m. for $68; 2 to 10 p.m. for $58; and 3 to 10 p.m. for $48. These are the only tickets available on Saturday nights for all ages. Rental equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Saturday night POP Group Discounts are available for 15 or more with advanced reservations.
In addition to the battery of alphabetical storms, a recent cold snap has created optimal conditions for snowmaking up and down the eastern seaboard. Resorts are enhancing all the natural pow with copious amounts of artificial snow.
“From a snow standpoint this has been a better than average start,” remarked Rowell. “People are excited and getting powder runs.”
What’s next with Falco? Well, Ski Sundown in Connecticut took on seven inches of fluff with Electra; Mad River Glen and the Middlebury Snow Bowl, both in Vermont, piled up 10 inches; Sugarloaf, Maine picked up 14 inches after Electra; and Quebec resorts warmed up for Falco with 16 inches of the white gold at Mont Blanc and Mont Avila, 13 inches at Le Massif, and nine inches at Edelweiss Valley.
After all this, and with more to come, all we can say is get out there and get some.
Photos courtesy: Pats Peak Ski Area, Henniker, N.H.