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Pats Peak announces expansion

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  February 25, 2013 12:55 PM

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Pats Peak announced a new, three-year expansion Monday, which will add a new triple chairlift and up to six trails and glade to the Henniker, N.H. resort. According to a release, "Operation Cascade Basin” has been in the planning and permitting stage for the last two years and received its final permits this past fall.

Here’s more from Monday’s release:

“Pats Peak has been locally owned and operated by the Patenaude family for 50 years and we wanted to do something really big. We wanted to give all of our patrons a GIANT birthday gift,” commented Kris Blomback, Pats Peak General Manager. The new triple chairlift will open up a whole new dimension of skiing and riding at Pats Peak with the addition of 20 plus acres of new terrain. All of the trails will be oriented toward novice and intermediate skiers and riders. Experts will have a couple of glades to choose from, including one with snowmaking coverage.

“We’ve experienced tremendous growth over the last few years and we wanted to do something to give back to our guests. It’s very important to keep our product exciting and fresh. Opportunities available in the future in the new area include the possibility of an additional terrain park as well as expanded night skiing,” adds Blomback.

Of course, no expansion at Pats Peak would be complete without increasing the snowmaking system and that will be done in “lock-step” as new terrain is added. New snowguns, pumps, pipes and hydrants will all be added to ensure the continued delivery of quality groomed conditions you’ve come to expect from Pats Peak.

“An added benefit to this is that we can keep some key personnel working during the summer months. We are a good old fashioned Yankee operation and we try to build as much as we can in-house. We will dovetail local talent and contractors when needed. This helps the region and our local economy. A project of this size requires us to hire welders, masons, surveyors, equipment operators and a host of others. Our core employee base during the winter months will also be expanded,” Blomback says.

A section on the website, www.patspeak.com/cascadebasin.htm, contains maps and renderings of the new trails and lift. Additional information about this exciting project, including a blog and photo journal will highlight the progress of the project. Posters have also been set up in the lodge depicting the expansion.

“Our skiers and snowboarders have really great ideas; so we are going to open up the naming of the new trails via a Facebook contest. We had a tremendous amount of input last year in naming our new trail, Backdraft, so we’ll do it again…..start brainstorming and stay tuned on Facebook,” says Blomback.


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Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.

Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.

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