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   New Hampshire: Pats Peak: Expansions
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Cascade Basin at Pats Peak
Cascade Basin Details
Cascade Basin
Status:Open
First Season of Operation:2013-14
Lifts:1 triple
Terrain:20 acres
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After years of speculation, significant expansion to Pats Peak's trail network began in 2012 when the new Backdraft novice trail opened on the east side of the ski area.

In late February 2013, Pats Peak officially announced the Cascade Basin area, which would tie into the new trail. Named after the brook that flows from adjacent Craney Pond, the top of the new area would be a few dozen vertical feet higher than the present day ski area summit. Overall, the Cascade Basin area trails were planned with a vertical drop of 300 to 350 feet.

Cascade Basin on the 2013-14 Pats Peak trail map A triple chairlift, originally from Osler Bluff Ski Club in Ontario, was acquired to service the new terrain. Many of the original Von Roll components were rebuilt or replaced, including the tensioning (SkyTrac) and the overhead drive room (Partek). While constructed as a traditional fixed grip triple, the Cascade Basin Triple was designed with the ability to upgrade it to a quad with a loading carpet in the future.

Three new trails debuted when Cascade Basin officially opened on December 19, 2013 - Crosswind, Tempest, and Katabatic. All trails officially opened featured snowmaking.

Initial second and third phase plans included a new trail for 2014-15 and two more new trails in 2015-16, however Pats Peak accelerated development during the 2014 off season. Two new trails (a novice trail named Cascade Brook and a bump run named Nor'Easter) were cut, both with snowmaking capabilities. In addition, the Katabatic lift line trail was renamed to Blizzard.

Long term possibilities for the complex include a novice connector trail from the top of Cascade Basin back to the main mountain, night lighting, and the upgrading of the lift to a quad with or without a loading carpet.


April 2011 Cascade Basin development map
April 2011 Cascade Basin development map

April 2011 Cascade Basin development map
April 2011 Cascade Basin development map

2012 construction in Cascade Basin
2012 construction in Cascade Basin

February 25, 2013 Pats Peak Cascade Basin trail map rendering
February 25, 2013 Pats Peak Cascade Basin trail map rendering

December 19, 2013 - Opening day of Cascade Basin
December 19, 2013 - Opening day of Cascade Basin

Crosswind (2014)
Crosswind (2014)

Tempest (2014)
Tempest (2014)

Katabatic (2014)
Katabatic (2014)

The 2014-15 Cascade Basin Trail Map
The 2014-15 Cascade Basin Trail Map

Pats Peak Expansion History
Project NameSeasonStatus
Cascade Basin2013-14Open
Eastern Novice Area1970sCancelled
Valley Area1963-64Open
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Last updated: November 1, 2014

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