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 highest mountain in north-eastern USA - 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!
The longest season in New Hampshire and the biggest vertical in the Mount Washington Valley. Wildcat was voted number one in New Hampshire in US Ski Magazine's 2001 reader poll for scenery.
It is recommended to have a rental car on a ski holiday in New Hampshire. A range of hotels, condos and inns are found the town of Gorham, about 10 minutes away, or in the livelier North Conway, 30 minutes away on an easy and scenic drive along Route 16.