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Diversity Day

Where: 686 Flanders Road, Henniker
When: Monday, Jan. 15, from 3 to 10 p.m.
Cost: $49
Visit: patspeak.com or call 1-888-728-7732
Pats Peak’s POP program takes place every Saturday from 3 to 10 p.m. Guests pay $49, which includes skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, rentals, lesson tips and entertainment.




Slopes for all
Diversity Day on the mountain

01/11/18
By Ethan Hogan



 Skiing is a pastime for many families in New Hampshire, but for some, the recreation may seem out of reach because of its price. But Pats Peak has been working to change that perception, welcoming everyone with its Pay-One-Price (POP) programs and its annual Diversity Day.

“As part of our Diversity Day and outreach, we try to reach the percentage of the population that possibly don’t perceive themselves as skiers,” said Jim Wall, director of services at Pats Peak. “Our POP program was invented years ago and the concept is that you pay one price. We all recognize that skiing is an expensive sport, [so we want] to try to at least provide people with fewer resources an opportunity to participate,” said Wall.
Skiers pay $49, which includes skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, rentals, lesson tips and entertainment. The program runs on Saturdays from 3 to 10 p.m. and families are encouraged to bring their own food to avoid worrying about spending more money on a meal.
“Pay one price to do everything you want to do and it won’t cost more than that,” Wall said. “A person can come for $49 and be able to spend the evening here from 3 to 10 and not spend another penny. You can’t go to a movie for that rate.”
Working with YES (Youth Enrichment Services), Pats Peak hosts kids from inner-city Boston to experience the winter sport as part of Diversity Day. Now in its 17th year, the event celebrates the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and ties it into the work YES and Pats Peak do today, according to Wall.
“[YES] is a program geared toward outdoor activities for inner-city kids to give them a chance to explore bike trails in western Mass. and the mountains of New Hampshire. We work with them to make sure kids from the inner city get a chance to ski and see what it’s like,” said Wall. 
All skiers on the mountain are encouraged to attend the day’s events, which include guest speaker Mary Williams, who will talk about the life of her late husband Richard, who walked with Dr. King in Selma.
At the lodge, the DJ will be playing music from all over the word. Wall said the Dominican DJ spins a selection of music from South America, Zimbabwe and Cuba. 
When it gets dark, the YES kids and anyone else who wants to participate can take the magic carpet lift to the top of the beginners area wearing glow-in-the-dark necklaces. Skiers will make their way down the trail as an homage to ski ceremonies of yesteryear, which used torches instead of glow sticks. 
Each year, Diversity Day is officially recognized by state government, with a proclamation from the governor, a declaration from the House of Representatives and a resolution from state Senate, according to Wall.
The mountain is fully functional during Diversity Day and the public is welcome to attend. Wall said Pats Peak’s trails are 100 percent open and their triple lift opened this year and is ready to take skiers to the peak.





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