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Wildcat Mountain - American Ski Resort (590m to 1250m)
The longest season in New Hampshire and the biggest vertical in the Mount Washington Valley. Wildcat was voted number one in New Hampshire in US Ski Magazine's 2001 reader poll for scenery.
Wildcat Mountain Ski Facts
The American ski resort of Wildcat Mountain has direct access to 50 individual pistes, served by 4 ski lifts.
The skiing is at relatively low altitude, so snow cover can be variable.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 4 Ski Lifts of Wildcat Mountain are able to uplift 8,500 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There is an airport within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Wildcat Mountain are perfectly feasible.
Skiing in Wildcat Mountain
Wildcat can claim to have New Hampshire's most natural snowfall, the longest skiing and riding season in the state and the fastest detachable quad - six minutes to summit. The ski season typically lasts from Mid-November through to early May.
There are nearly 50 trails on 225 acres, including groomed trails, glades, bumps, and backcountry tree skiing
The Polecat Trail is the longest ski run in New Hampshire at two and three quarter miles (just over four kilometres).
There lingers the misconception that Wildcat is a mountain for experts only. While the old-timers remember with nostalgia the s-turns and narrowness of Wildcat's first trails, these trails have been tamed over the years. Although the grade remains, the trails have been widened. This, combined with modern snow-making and grooming technology, has created a unique and beautiful place for the whole family to learn to ski. In fact, the award-winning Polecat Trail has been described as two and three quarter miles of sheer pleasure, a masterpiece of construction and the most scenic trail in the U.S.
Anyone who can complete a basic turn can ski the Polecat and experience the satisfaction of having skied a big mountain from top to bottom.
Snowmaking covers ninety percent of the terrain with four Prinoth snow grooming vehicles nightly working to typically groom seventy percent of terrain.
On Wednesday's two adults can ski for the price of one. Wildcat Mountain set the standard for the ski industry back when the mountain first introduced its Wednesday “Two-Fer” tickets during the winter ski season of 1966. Wildcat’s “Two-Fer” Wednesday tradition, where two adults can ski and ride half-price on Wednesdays, is still solidly in place after forty years.
Cross country skiers will enjot the Wildcat Valley Trail with 17.8 km of expert cross-country ski trail to Jackson Village.
Snowboarding in Wildcat Mountain
Wildcat's annual snowfall of 200 to 250 inches and high base elevation by local standards provide the ingredient for some meaty powder stashes for more advanced boarders.
The Polecat Trail offers a good long beginners trail.
Wildcat Mountain Aprés Ski
Most of the apres scene is based in local lodging. For example the Wildcat Inn and Tavern in Jackson stages Hoot Night every Tuesday where you can bring your guitar and sing a song or two.
If you're as after a wider selection head to one of the nearby towns, especially North Conway.
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