Travel Tuesday: Pats Peak Ski Area

By Nikita Duke

Hello, students! Good news – you’ve made it through two months of “winter.” We hope you are all enjoying all of the fun things there are to do in Boston/New England at this time of year and getting the true full-immersion classes in Boston experience.

Although Marlayna just told you all about Wachusett Mountain in our last Travel Tuesday post, I wanted to introduce you guys to a place I’ve been spending the majority of my winter so far… Pats Peak Ski Area in Henniker, New Hampshire!

This is a great mountain for beginner skiers and snowboarders (like me!), as there are two beginner’s slopes and several intermediate trails to advance to once you’ve mastered the magic carpets. From Boston, it’s about an hour and a half drive, so I recommend you rent a car through Avis (EC Boston discount code available at the front desk) and split the cost with your friends.

Nikita at Pats Peak Ski Area
Me on the magic carpet!

Before you hit the slopes, be sure to stop at Intervale Farm Pancake House (located right at the entrance of Pat’s Peak) for a Hungry or Not-So-Hungry Man breakfast. Their maple syrup is made on site and their food is just so good!

John at Intervale Pancake House
My good friend John entering the Intervale Pancake House!

Once you’ve digested, you can drive up to the lodge, drop your things off and head over to the gear rental center. Lift pass + gear rental for one adult is $89 on the weekend and $79 on a week day. (Why not head up after your morning class?) If it’s your very first time on a board or pair of skis, I highly recommend a private lesson ($85 per hour) to start off the day. After that, you should be good to give it a go on your own.

With two lodges on site and one pub, there are plenty of options for lunch or après ski. If you really want to make it a day, you can go snow tubing on the mountain once you’ve thrown in the towel on the lifts for the day. For those of you who don’t know what snow tubing is, it’s basically sitting on donut-shaped blow up tube and riding it down a slope. It’s a good laugh and they play music while you ride and encourage racing.

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