Wildcat Mountain Ski Resort, New Hampshire


Classic New England lift-serviced skiing, spectacular scenery, legendary trails, a long season, and the most vertical value in the White Mountains& That's what you'll find at Wildcat Mountain, an intriguing "big" mountain of many moods that is located 100% in the White Mountain National Forest.

With 2,112 feet of vertical and 225 skiable acres of terrain, Wildcat Mountain offers plenty of challenge, but gives skiers and riders of all abilities bang for their buck.

Skiers and riders are whisked to the summit of the mountain via the Wildcat Express, a 6,700-foot, top-to-bottom, high-speed, detachable quad chairlift that gets you to the top in six minutes.

Once at the 4,062-foot summit, you'll want to cruise down Lynx. A perennial favorite in ski trail polls, its a top-notch winner that winds its way down the mountain. Also off the top, the Wildcat trail, originally cut in 1933 by the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) as one of the first ski racing trails in the U.S., offers classic views of Wildcats neighbor across Pinkham Notch; 6288-foot Mt Washington and Tuckerman Ravine.

Upper Wildcat Trail, Panther, and Tomcat Schuss are great bump runs in the late winter and early spring time, though portions of them are usually groomed for those who prefer to skip the rhythm sets. Wildcat also offers 25 acres of glade skiing and many hidden stashes in the trees, just ask a local. Wildcat Mountain offers progression freestyle terrain area with rail, box and snow elements.

A fun intermediate cruiser from the summit is the Catapult Trail. For beginners and intermediates (or experts just looking for a relaxing run), the nearly three-mile-long, incredibly scenic Polecat is the top-to-bottom way to go.

Wildcat also has the Snowcat novice area, especially designed for beginners. Located near the base, the area is gently sloped and sunny. It is served by its own chairlift, a great place for beginners to learn to ski and snowboard, and great value with a reduced novice lift ticket rate. Newly added this season we have the Cat & Mouse trail that is serviced by the Snowbelt surface lift creating a new element for beginners to learn the great sport of skiing or snowboarding.

Whatever trail you choose, you'll enjoy Wildcat's spectacular setting. Because of that scenery, readers of SKI Magazine have more than once ranked Wildcat Mountain #1 scenery in North America. Wildcat has also been listed in the top 10 in the East for terrain, challenge and value.

One way for all visitors to enjoy the scenery, including winter enthusiasts that don't ski or snowboard, is to Fly Wildcat on the ZipRider. Soar close to a continuous half-mile at speeds up to 45 mph while secure in a chair harness along a zip-line cable at heights of 70 feet over ski trails. The ZipRider is one of New Hampshire's more unique 4-season attractions and operates weekends and holidays during the winter and spring when weather permits.

For great food and cozy apr├ęs ski fun, check out the Wildcat Mountain Pub, located on the upper level of the base lodge, where you may feast on the hearty meals and appetizers at reasonable prices.

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Mountain Statistics for Wildcat Mountain Ski Resort
Base Elevation: 1,950 ft (594 meters)
Summit Elevation: 4,062 ft (1,238 m)
Vertical Drop: 2,112 ft (644 m)
Skiable Area: 225 acres (91 hectares)
Annual Snowfall: 200 in (508 cm)
Longest Run: 14,520 ft (4,426 m)
Snowmaking: 90 %
Number of Lifts: 5
Uphill Lift Capacity: 6,700 per hour
Types of Lifts: 1 Snowbelt
3 Triple Chairs
1 High speed Quad
1 Gondola (Summer only)
Number of Trails: 49
Trail Ratings for Wildcat Mountain Ski Resort
Easiest: Easiest 20%
More Difficult: More Difficult 47%
Most Difficult: Most Difficult 33%
Experts Only: Experts Only 0%
Trail ratings indicate the relative difficulty of the runs within a given ski area and are not meant to be used for comparison between ski areas.
Area Details for Wildcat Mountain Ski Resort
Alpine Skiing: Yes
Snowboarding: Yes
Terrain Park: Yes
Snowshoe Trails: Yes