They don’t all have to be big bruisers from the north, you know. Every time we’ve set out to sample some smaller areas, it’s about the same: The experience is as good as the snow and weather on the day we go.
So it was our luck to have sampled Pats Peak on a ringing January morning with plenty of firm snow, the kind that squeaks under your boots but lets you knife in an edge.
The area is in southern New Hampshire (Henniker) not far from the University of New Hampshire, and you’ll find the college kids here to prove it, including the race team from nearby New England College.
This matter of size does come up. Pats offers 770 feet of vertical drop, covering 103 acres with 28 runs, the longest 1.5 miles, serviced by six chairs, two magic carpets and three tows. There’s enough here to get some fine ski days.