Wildcat, New Hampshire - Ski Mag

Wildcat, New Hampshire

Long runs and spectacular scenery trump cold winds and tough terrain.
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Resort Guide 2018: East #19

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"Wildcat is a no-nonsense mountain for the person who simply wants to ski. There’s not much glitz, but the scenery and setting is legendary.” - SKI Magazine Reader


Toughen up, buttercup. Wildcat ain’t no place for “posers or fluffy boats,” mutters one regular. This no-frills, classic skier’s mountain doesn’t mollycoddle. Surrounded by White Mountain National Forest, Wildcat can be cold and windy, lacks on-site lodging, and has a back-to-basics base lodge that begs for updating. Then again, who needs sizzle when you have steak? Satisfied regulars prefer assets over amenities. The mountain’s 2,112-foot sustained vertical delivers “long runs and spectacular scenery,” with in-your-face views of Mount Washington. It’s “rustic, beautiful, and challenging” with terrain ranging from the “best top-to-bottom green circle in the East” to “hardcore off-piste.” Readers love the bottom-to-top express quad but do wish there were another way to access the summit on wind-hold days. “Great skiing soul.”

Rants and Raves
“Exactly as advertised: cold, challenging, and great views. A little investment in snowmaking and grooming, and it would be hard to beat.”

Family Trail
Polecat winds an easy 2.75 miles from summit to base with Mount Washington for eye candy around nearly every bend.

Sleep Here
The Appalachian Mountain Club’s Joe Dodge Lodge, just two miles from
Wildcat’s base, offers shared accommodations and meals, making it easy to catch first tracks on a powder morning.