AFE 140 January Meeting: Pats Peak Ski Area

AFE 140 January Meeting

Pats Peak Ski Area

January 23, 2019 Meeting


AFE Chapter 140 is having a tour and dinner at the Pats Peak Ski Area in Henniker, NH starting at 5:30 on January 23rd, 2019.  Come and view the mountain, lodge buildings and see the snow making equipment.  Hear about what it takes to management a ski operation and about the latest snow making techniques and advances in energy costs to make snow.  Pats Peak is less than 40 minutes from down town Manchester and only 25 minutes from down town Concord.

Sign up early as we need to give attendance numbers by January 14 (deadline extended).


Pats Peak Ski Area
686 Flanders Road
Henniker, NH 03242


Pats Peak Ski Area, located in the only Henniker on Earth, opened for skiing on January 5, 1963. The Patenaude brothers combined Yankee ingenuity with the several businesses owned in the family to hand fashion a ski area.

Back in 1962, the four Patenaude brothers spent a lot of time skiing. They also spent a lot of time standing in lift lines. So they decided to go home to Henniker and build their own ski mountain. Pats Peak remains today what it was decades ago: a first-name place where friends and families return every season. It’s where you can feel safe letting your kids roam the mountain, then letting yourself go on challenging terrain.

The Pats Peak Lodges are built from lumber cut from the mountain that was owned by their father, Merle Patenaude. Beams 30 feet long were hewn at the family’s sawmill. Construction of the main lodge began in the spring of 1962 by the four Patenaude brothers, friends, and family.

QUESTION: Who has one of the state of NH’s most powerful snowmaking system per acre?

ANSWER: Pats Peak!

Our snowmaking system covers 100 percent of the developed terrain. It uses more than 450 hydrants, 370 snowguns, 80 SMI Polecats, over 18 miles of snowmaking pipes, and can allow up to 90 snow guns operating at once! At prime temperature levels thousands of gallons of water per minute can be converted into snow.


Cost is $35 for members and $40 for non-members.  Dinner is included and dinner will be at the ski area.


Please register online using the button below.

Note: If you have already emailed us (via, please note that you still need to register online.  Our apologies for any earlier confusion.  Thank you.



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