by: Giles - 11th February 2011

  • 4
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced/Expert
  • 4All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 5Family Friendly
  • 2Aprés Ski
  • Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
great views, friendly staff, and varied terrain
miss the gondola, not easily accessible

Full review

Wildcat is a rare feline. Its reputation as a difficult mountain is waaaay outsized for what it really is. In reality, it's a cruiser's paradise - in fact, I don't know I've ever found another top to bottom beginner's run as fulfilling and blissful as Polecat. Save portions of Lynx and the Gondola line(and an ungroomed Wildcat Trail) there is nothing too frightening at this resort. The terrain has great roll and empties in an orderly fashion to the classic lodge that anchors the base. I would say there are two aspects where Wildcat really, REALLY shines: views(of Mt. Washington and the ravines) and Spring skiing. When other NH resorts struggle to run into April, Wildcat, with it's deep snowfall and forgiving pitch, continues on. Spring skiing in Pinkham Notch is top notch. For realz. Best in New Hampshire? It's up there, but I'm partial to Cannon. However, that spiky peak melts fast, and when Spring settles in, head for Pinkham and discover one of New England's very best mountains.
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