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Wildcat Mountain

Wildcat Mountain Ski Resort Guide

Wildcat Mountain, United States

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForSnowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski.
Highest Lift1,250m4,101ft
Resort Height590m1,936ft
 Nearest AirportsPortland and Manchester-Boston
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Wildcat Mountain

The longest season in New Hampshire and the biggest vertical in the Mount Washington Valley. Wildcat has been voted number one in New Hampshire in US Ski Magazine's annual reader poll for scenery.


The American ski resort of Wildcat Mountain is at an altitude of 590m1,936ft.

Wildcat Mountain has direct access to 50 marked pistes, served by a total of 4 ski lifts.

The skiing is at relatively low altitude, so snow cover can be variable.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Wildcat Mountain?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Wildcat Mountain.

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Ski Area Stats

Wildcat Mountain Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Wildcat Mountain Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift1,250m4,101ft
Lowest Piste590m1,936ft
Resort Altitude (Wildcat Mountain)590m1,936ft
Max Vertical660m2,165ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Wildcat Mountain
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Wildcat Mountain Overview

Renowned for its classic New England skiing, spectacular mountain scenery and natural forestland, Wildcat Mountain has been a local favourite for over 50 years.

The original Wildcat ski run, cut in 1933, was one of the first ski-racing trails in the USA. But the old reputation of the mountain being only for experts has been tamed by the widening of some of the narrow twisting runs. Whilst plenty of challenging terrain remains, even those who prefer a gentle cruise can ski the Polecat: one of the longest runs in New Hampshire, this has been described as 2 miles of sheer pleasure! With fabulous views over Mt Washington, the scenery is rated among the most spectacular in North America.

It was the summer of 1933 that the depression born civilian conservation corps, armed with axes and cross-cut saws, started clearing the Wildcat trail, one of the first ski racing trails built in the United States. Designed by Charley Proctor, the all-around ski champion of Canada in 1927, it was designated as a class A racing trail.

The decision to develop a modern ski area on Wildcat Mountain was influenced by a few factors. Tremendous annual snowfall, high elevation, and northern exposure assuring a long ski season. Then there was the possibility of year-round recreational development. Of course, the spectacular scenery that surrounds Wildcat, including eye-level views of Tuckerman Ravine and Mt. Washington directly across Pinkham Notch, played a role as well!


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.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


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.

Location and Map

Where is Wildcat Mountain?

This ski resort is in Pinkhams, Coos, United States.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Wildcat Mountain is Portland, 117 minutes drive away.

Manchester-Boston and Nashua (Boire Field) airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The four ski lifts are able to uplift 8,500 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Season Dates

When is Wildcat Mountain open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Wildcat Mountain, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

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Talking about Wildcat Mountain

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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.

Wildcat Mountain