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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-16-2009, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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Wildcat Mountain, NH

I read about Wildcat Mountain in the New York Times recently. Big mountain in NH's White Mountain National Preserve that is pretty empty even on the weekends. There are no hotels, gas stations, restaurants, banks or any of that crap, just a mountain, a fast lift, a parking lot and a lodge. There busiest days are as busy as the slowest days at other mountains. I was thinking about setting up a trip one weekend in March, maybe make it a 3 day since its a pretty long haul. Anyone interested?

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Wildcat Mountain: A Family Favorite Celebrating 50 Years of Lift-Serviced Skiing The facts Access our 4,062 ft. summit, and 2,112 ft. of vertical, in just 6 minutes via New England's most powerful Quad chairlift.

Wildcat's 2,000 ft. base elevation and proximity to Mt. Washington produces an annual natural snowfall of over 200 inches.


Wildcat has the most continuous vertical of any ski area in the White Mountains, and is the closest ski area to backcountry ski mecca Tuckerman Ravine.

Wildcat, the first ski area established on the White Mountain National Forest, is located 100% on National Forest Land.

Elevation Base: 2,000 feet Summit: 4,062 feet

Vertical Drop 2,112 feet

Annual Snowfall Average annual snowfall OVER 16 FEET!

2001 Snowfall 228"

Ski & Snowboard Season Mid-November through early May

Winter Hours of Operation
Mon. - Fri. (non-holiday): 9:00 am - 3:30 pm*
Weekends & Holidays: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Lifts operate later beginning in February, as daylight hours permit.
Holidays: Dec. 25, 2008 - Jan. 4, 2009; Jan. 17-19, 2009; Feb. 14-22, 2009
Wildcat is not open Thanksgiving (Nov. 27, 2008) or Christmas Day (Dec. 25, 2008).

Trails and Terrain 47 Trails on 225 acres, include wide groomed trails, glades, bumps, steeps, and backcountry tree skiing
Beginner 25%; Intermediate 45%; Expert 30%
Polecat Trail - longest ski trail in New Hampshire, 2.75 mile beginner trail from the summit
Wildcat Valley Trail - with a 3,240 ft. vertical, is a 17.8 km expert cross-country trail from Wildcat's summit to to Jackson Village along the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation trail system.

Snowmaking and Grooming
90% Coverage, using 4 Prinoth snow grooming vehicles nightly; typically grooming 70% of terrain.
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Winter: 1 Quad, 3 Triples - Uphill capacity of 6,700 skiers per hour
Wildcat Express Quad - 6,700 feet
Tomcat Triple - 4,450 feet
Bobcat Triple - 2,700 feet
Snowcat Triple - 1,500 feet

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Unfortunately I'm stuck at college until May, but I absolutely love Wildcat. It's a true mountain and that's why it's never crowded. Even on the weekends of a school vacation there are no lift lines. The lift is the fastest in New England, there is always fresh snow, never any young annoying kids, they just put in a couple of rails, and their trails are so fun.
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I don't know if I would do a whole weekend, but I would be up for meeting up for a day and maybe some eats after. I'm only about an hour, hour and a half from there. Any ideas on the exact weekend?
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Just watched a show about it. I'm going March 20th thru the 24th, that will give me 3 days of riding...
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maybe interested. where are you plannin on staying? whats a weekend lift ticket go for? what weekend were you thinking?

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First day is $65, second day is $39

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What weekend you thinking? I could be down. Late March would be best for me. Let me know.
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I was thinking weekend of the 21st or 28th. Before it gets too warm. Not sure about where to stay. There aren't a lot of places in the area. I'll look into it.

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Those weekends could work out for me. I'd be driving friday after work and riding Sat. and Sun. I guess I need to see how far away the place is from me in NY now.
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Same. It's a haul. Bout an hour further than Kton. Think I would prob make it a game time decision. Not going to get something set in stone and drive 7 hours for shit conditions when I could drive 2 hours for that.

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