Pats Peak, in Henniker, New Hampshire, is open and ready for the rest of the winter. Tuesday I, and family members, decided to brave the record cold and test their preparedness. They are ready!
The record cold made the day even better for us. When we arrived the parking lot was so empty that we wondered if the hill was open. Indeed it was and the trails were open, grossly under populated and superbly groomed. Unlike other times when we have been greeted by a crowd, there was plenty of space in the lodge and when we got to the trails it was almost lonely, there were so few skiers and boarders on the trails.
Pats has 28 trails and all of them are open with good coverage. The blessing of cold weather has been their ability to make snow on all of the trails and with natural snow since the Christmas holidays they are reporting 28 inches on all trails and they expect another 8 inches or more from the current storm.
Special bus transportation deals from Greater Boston
Skiers in the Boston area will also want to know that Pats has arranged bus transportation from the city again this year. A new service this year is the BRS Bus service which offers bus service to a number of ski areas in New Hampshire and Maine. The Pats peak trip is available for only $69, round trip and including your lift ticket. Their service to Pats Peak will be January 15; February 3; February 15; February 19; March 15. To choose your pick up point and to make a reservation go to the BRS website, www.brstransportation.com/ski-trips/.
Pats peak has also had a bus transportation deal with Boston Common Coach for several years. This trip gets you to the slopes on Saturday afternoon and returns to the city in the late evening. They pick up and drop off at several locations in the Boston area and require a 15 person minimum on any trip. You will need to make advanced reservations and can designate the pick up/drop off at the time you make your reservation. The trip includes round trip transportation, a Saturday Night Pay-One-Price (POP) lift ticket (which includes a night lift ticket (3-10pm) for skiing under the lights), snow tubing ticket (5-10pm), lesson tips (4-6pm), rental equipment and entertainment. The fare for this trip is $85., round trip/per person inclusive. Reserve Boston Common Coach by calling toll free reservations at 1-877-723-3833 or local at 617-773-2784, reservations must be made by phone.