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.
Wildcat can claim to have New Hampshire's most natural snowfall, the longest skiing and riding season in the state and the fastest detachable quad - six minutes to summit. The ski season typically lasts from Mid-November through to early May. There are nearly 50 trails on 225 acres, including groomed trails, glades, bumps, and backcountry tree skiing. The Polecat Trail is the longest ski run in New Hampshire at two and three quarter miles (just over four kilometres). There lingers the misconception that Wildcat is a mountain for experts only. While the old-timers remember with nostalgia the s-turns and narrowness of Wildcat's first trails, these trails have been tamed over the years. Although the grade remains, the trails have been widened. This, combined with modern snow-making and grooming technology, has created a unique and beautiful place for the whole family to learn to ski. In fact, the award-winning Polecat Trail has been described as "two and three quarter miles of sheer pleasure", "a masterpiece of construction" and "the most scenic trail in the U.S." Anyone who can complete a basic turn can ski the Polecat and experience the satisfaction of having skied a big mountain from top to bottom. For more of a challenge, Lynx twists and turns its ways from summit to base, whilst a number of other blue trails offer plenty of intermediate cruising and experts will head down the generous selection of black diamond trails following the lift line. Snowmaking covers ninety percent of the terrain with four Prinoth snow grooming vehicles nightly working to typically groom seventy percent of terrain. Look out for lift ticket deals which may include two-for-one offers mid-week, and lift passes for just $9 on occasional Fridays. Cross country skiers will enjoy the Wildcat Valley Trail with 17.8 km of expert cross-country ski trail leading to Jackson Village.
Kitten Club Nursery operate for kids aged two months to five year olds. Full and half day indoor care is available with experienced staff whilst you ski all day (also offer hourly care, minimum of two hours). Snowplay for children aged three to four years is a gentle introduction to skiing with a 1-hour semi-private lesson combined with the indoor nursery. Lion's Den Kids' Ski & Snowboard School for four to twelve year olds for skiing and eight to twelve year olds for snowboarding features full and half day (morning) lessons. Wildcat has an annual week of Wild Family Fun each February with lots of fun events. These include a Cardboard Box Race and a Lunch Tray Luge.
The base lodge offers a self-service cafeteria on ground level and a table-service pub upstairs. Further afield, there's a good range of dining options in the area. Explore the wide selection of restaurants from casual pubs to upscale restaurants in the nearby towns of Gorham, Jackson Village and North Conway.
The Pub in the base lodge has a lively and friendly atmosphere. The majority of accommodation in the area is found in North Conway, where there is a good choice of pubs and bars such as Horsefeathers, Delaney’s and The Muddy Moose, many with live music at the weekend.
Wildcat's annual snowfall of 200 to 250 inches and high base elevation by local standards provide the ingredient for some meaty powder stashes for more advanced boarders. The Polecat Trail offers a good long beginners trail.