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a group in downhill skis smiles at the top of a run

Pats Peak

Pats Peak is an independent alpine ski resort in Henniker, NH, with a top elevation of 1,460 feet. It has 28 trails and 11 lifts and drops 770 feet to the base lodge. With its high capacity snowmaking, there is always snow coverage on the mountain. There are 3 separate beginner areas with their own lifts. With 50% beginner runs, 21% intermediate runs, 11% advanced runs, and 18% expert runs, it has something for everyone from UMass Lowell (UML).

For Winter 21-22, we will offer a trip to Pats Peak, where we are able to offer a variety of tickets for your level of need - the full package includes a Lift Ticket, Rental Gear (skis, ski boots, poles, and a helmet), and a Lesson in either Skiing or Snowboarding. Everyone in the UML group will have helmet rentals provided for no extra cost. You can choose:

  • Lift Ticket Only: $60
  • Combo Lift Ticket with Rental Gear: $90
  • Combo Lift Ticket with Lesson: $95
  • Full package: Combo Lift Ticket with Rental Gear and Lesson: $125

UML transportation is optional - For 21-22, Pat's Peak is offering the UML Group Rate to all who are interested in joining. Use our OAP transportation if you need, or drive yourself - just choose the right registration to register for one of the 10 spots in the van if needed. (Register from the Trips and Events Calendar page.)

Mt. Wachusett

Mt. Wachusett is a 2,006-foot mountain near Princeton, Massachusetts with 1,000 feet of vertical drop. Mount Wachusett's downhill ski area has 27 trails and 8 lifts. The mountain is also home to Wachusett Mountain State Reservation for hiking and mountain biking in warmer weather. On clear days, you can see to Mt Monadnock to the north in New Hampshire and even a far-off glimpse of Boston to the east. The name Wachusett is derived from a Native American Algonquin term meaning "mountain place."

Panoramic view of Ragged Mountain ski runs in winter

Ragged Mountain

Ragged Mountain in Danbury, N.H., has 57 trails across two peaks with a vertical drop of 1,250 feet. Ragged also has New Hampshire's only high-speed six-person chairlift, as well as a high-speed quad lift. OAP enjoys going to Ragged for reliable snow conditions and trails good for beginners and advanced skiers alike.

Skill Level

No previous downhill skiing or snowboarding experience is needed. Each person should have a fitness level suitable for continued physical activity for 3-4 hours. Warming breaks are possible in the lodge.

A downhill lesson will usually be available the first part of the day for those who choose it. Once the lesson is complete, everyone may split up and do runs separately. Trip leaders may request to meet up a time or two over the day.


As you may guess, downhill skiing and snowboarding is snow-dependent. Most downhill ski resorts "blow" snow, so they have a reliable snow cover on their slopes. Depending on recent temperatures and forecasts, our trip locations may be changed if necessary. When Massachusetts does not have sufficient snow, the White Mountains in New Hampshire usually does. People can ski in extreme cold temperatures, but it is dependent on the individual's desire.

Packing List

It will be colder at the top of the lifts, and even on "warm" days, learning to ski or waiting in lift lines can make a person quite chilly. Be prepared for cold weather by dressing in warm non-cotton layers and wearing a warm outer layer, not forgetting your extremities (feet, hands, head). Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated; we recommend filling it with hot water. Remember, we do have some extra layers you can rent for free with your reservation on our downhill ski trip.

The items on this list are strongly recommended for your trip. The weather forecast should be considered when packing. 

  • Complete the Outdoor Adventure Online Waiver
  • Base layer non-cotton top and bottom, wool recommended for cold days
  • Warmth layer fleece or wool top and bottom layers, may wear two or more of these if they are not tight fitting
  • Outer layer top and bottom outer layer, wind resistant or windproof, winter coat and snow pants recommended
  • Gloves and/or mittens
  • Wool socks high socks up your shin to go above ski boot
  • *Hat for when you are not wearing a helmet
  • Ski Goggle or sunglasses
  • *Water bottles recommend filling with hot water
  • *Day pack to carry your extra layers and water bottle
  • Camera (or camera phone) A protective case is highly recommended
  • Personal environmental supplies Sunscreen, lip balm
  • Personal Medications
  • Medical Insurance Card
  • Money for food on the road and/or possible souvenirs
  • Ski boots/Snowboard boots (available to rent from the mountain)
  • Skis (available to rent from the mountain)
  • Ski poles (available to rent from the mountain)
  • Helmet (available to rent from the mountain)

*All items with an asterisk are available and included in the cost of your registration.

OAP and the mountain itself will provide all the necessary group items, including first aid kit.

Register for upcoming trips on our Trips and Events Calendar webpage