Pat’s Peak loving Life on Indy Pass
—Special to NASJA and JF.com by Jay Flemma—
Quick! What loveable local mountain was described by expert skiers as, “so tough you’ll want an extra hour at lunch for hot chocolate before you go back out for more?” It’s New Hampshire’s Pat’s Peak.
Beloved in New Hampshire since it opened in 1963, tiny Pat’s Peak punches far above its weight in an already competitive New Hampshire skiing scene. Its 28 trails and total vertical descent of 770 feet may sound innocuous, but East Coasters rave about Pat’s steeps with holy whispers.
“We’ve seen a lot in the last two years,” said Pat’s Peak Director of Marketing Lori Rowell. “We added a new post-and-beam addition to the lodge that has wide, boot-friendly stairs and an elevator. It also helps with wedding cake deliveries during summer so that they don’t tumble down the stairs,” she quipped. Other recent improvements include a new triple chair, added snowmaking, and two new grooming machines.
Indy Pass has surely aided demand at Pat’s According to Rowell, tiny, but plucky Pat’s opened the season as the number one redeemed Indy Pass mountain in the country, only relinquishing the top spot to Waterville Valley in the last week of January.