My kids learned to ski and snowboard here. They still want to go there in the beginning of each season to take a lesson. Both boys swear they have the best instructors:-) If you're looking for low-key, uncrowded and friendly, this is your mountain. If you're looking for challenging, fast paced terrain and crowds, then don't go here. I'm an intermediate skier and can do their blacks without any difficulty at all. Pats peak is wonderful for children and families. My boys have been going off to ski without mom (if I needed a bathroom break, or just a break in general) here since they were 11 and 7, and not once did i worry about them. My son loves the terrain park. They have two separate lodges, and very rarely do they feel crowded. It's easy to pack in your own food, but if you're going to purchase food, their prices are fairly reasonable. Their cookies are fabulous! Pat's is also a super place to go if you're just learning as an adult, or if perhaps you've taken some time off from skiing and want to go back. I've heard that they are planning on expanding in the near future. While I'm excited about that, I hope it doesn't ruin the small family mountain feel.