Wildcat, New Hampshire: Rank 14 East, 1997

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Wildcat stands out among Mount Washington Valley ski areas as the most aptly named hill. It has a naturally steep face and its trails are cut narrow and twisty to provide shelter when the gale winds blow off Mount Washington.

And boy do they blow. Many readers called Wildcat "cold and icy." One cautioned, "Dress for wind!" But what you suffer in weather you get back in views. Said one reader: "The view of Mount Washington's famed Tuckerman Ravine is the prettiest in New Hampshire."

Despite a $7 bump bringing weekend ticket prices to $44 this season, Wildcat may still hold onto its gold medal for Value. It stages several promotional days including two-for-one tickets on Wednesdays, and once-a-month $19 ticket days. Most clever is Centimeter Day: Skiers pay 10 cents per centimeter length of their skis-a good day to try skiboards.

What's New The area's first high-speed quad zooms skiers to the summit in 6 1/2 minutes.
Medals Gold Terrain, Challenge, Value; Silver Snow Quality
High/Low Rank Value (18); Lifts (76)
Don't Miss The great view of Tuckerman Ravine.
Reader Remarks "This is a hardcore skier's mountain. Best spring skiing in the East." "Cold, cloudy. Lifts are old and need updating."