Pats Peak is one of the New Hampshire ski resorts where winter enthusiasts can plan on having a great time. It is located in a beautiful area that gets a good amount of snowfall every season. It is also easily accessible from the likes of Manchester and Nashua, Boston, Worcester, and Plymouth. The Pats Peak Ski Area is ensconced in a magnificent landscape between the White Mountain National Forest and the Green Mountain National Forest. No matter where you choose for Pats Peak lodging, you are not likely to be disappointed. Just as with many of the other resorts in the state such as McIntyre, Attitash, and Bretton Woods, the activities and attractions continue well on after the winter season has passed. That said, the main attractions at Pats Peak are the awesome ski and snowboarding runs and the mountain itself.
Although it is certainly not the tallest mountain in the state, you will definitely have fun on these ski runs. When you first look at the mountain stats, you may think that the Pats Peak Ski Area is only for beginners and intermediates, but the fact is that 40 percent of all the runs at the resort are designated as black diamond hills for advanced skiers and boarders. Another 40 percent are for beginners and 20 percent for intermediates. The top elevation at Pats Peak is 1,400 feet with a vertical rise of 710 feet. There are a sufficient 10 lifts that service 22 trails and runs over 90 acres.
Besides being close by a number of cool little towns and not too far at all from bigger cities like Boston, you will also be close to a variety of other ski resorts. Mount Sunapee is less than twenty miles away, and Ragged Mountain and McIntyre are just over twenty miles from the resort. You will also be able to enjoy snowtubing, snowshoeing, night skiing and boarding, multiple terrain parks, and plenty of services on-site including ski rentals and equipment and lessons.
There is no Pats Peak lodging slope-side, but there are a wide variety of accommodations that participate in ski and stay packages with Pats Peak. Depending upon what kind of ski vacation you desire and what the needs of your group are, you will be able to choose from bed and breakfasts, inns and cabins, condos and luxury rental homes, and hotels and motels. You will not have to drive far to find exactly what it is you are looking for. Be sure to take advantage of any incentives or ski package deals area accommodations are offering in order to realize the greatest possible savings on your Pats Peak lodging.
The Pats Peak Ski Area is a great place for families to enjoy a relaxing weekend as well. The resort is not so big that beginners or parents with small children will feel stifled or as though they do not have enough room to truly learn. On the other hand, experts will feel right at home testing their skills on the black diamonds and the challenging terrain parks. There is plenty of dining onsite as well.
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