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August 05. 2013 6:56PM

Pats Peak Ski Area in Henniker adds 4 trails, triple chairlift as part of upgrade

HENNIKER — Though perhaps it’s a bit early to be thinking about ski season, Pats Peak Ski Area is preparing to open four new trails and add a new triple lift to spice things up on the mountain this winter.

Despite the hot, wet weather that has blanketed New Hampshire this summer, work has progressed steadily on Cascade Basin, a new ski area on the back side of the mountain, according to Lori Rowell, Pats Peak director of marketing.

The new area will include four ski trails — ranging from beginner to intermediate — that will add to the 22 trails already in use. Because of their location, the trails will provide skiers with some much-needed sun on cold winter days.

“It’s going to be nice to be able to have some more sunny runs,” said Rowell. “We’re really excited about it.”

But naming the trails is being left up to the public and soon the Pats Peak Facebook page will offer directions on how people can submit ideas for names for the trails.

“In the past we have asked people to help us name the trails and got some really great ideas,” she said. “So we’re launching this contest on Facebook in the next few days asking people to give us suggestions. We’ll take the names from there.”

The naming contest gives people a sense of ownership of the mountain, said Rowell, and gets them excited about the new season.

Carrying folks to the top of the mountain will be a new triple chair lift that was purchased from a ski area in Ontario and has been completely refurbished over the course of the last two years. The new lift is the area’s third triple lift.

“Skiers and riders are going to love exploring this new terrain to give them more variety,” said Chris Blomback, Pats Peak general manager.

Putting snow on the mountain will be easier and more efficient, with the installation of six new snowmaking “fan guns,” which require less compressed air and put out more snow.

“Energy efficiency and the ability to open more terrain quickly remain our top priorities. These type of snow guns give us the ability to open more terrain faster and sustain it longer through stretches with marginal temperatures”, said Blomback.

For more information, visit www.patspeak.com

nfoster@newstote.com


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