Wildcat Mountain Ski Area
|Wildcat Mountain Ski Area|
The Upper Wildcat Trail
|Location||Pinkham's Grant, New Hampshire
|Nearest city||Jackson, New Hampshire|
|Vertical||2,112 feet (644 m)|
|Top elevation||4,062 feet (1,238 m)|
|Base elevation||1,950 feet (590 m)|
|Skiable area||225 acres (91 ha)|
|Longest run||2.75 miles (4.43 km)|
|Lift system||5 total:
- 1 hi-speed quad chair
- 3 triple chairs
- 1 Wonder Carpet
|Lift capacity||6,700 skiers/hour|
|Snowfall||200 in (5.1 m)|
Wildcat Mountain Ski Area is a ski area located on Wildcat Mountain near Jackson, New Hampshire, United States, in the Mount Washington Valley. Its vertical drop of 2,112 feet (644 m) is the second largest in New Hampshire and the ninth largest in New England.
Wildcat is one of the best-known alpine skiing resorts in New England, with lifts from the base on NH Rt. 16 in Pinkham Notch 2,112 feet (644 m) up to the summit ridge. The area has 49 trails on 225 acres (91 ha), including the 2.75-mile (4.43 km) Polecat Trail — the longest ski trail in New Hampshire.
The Wildcat Valley Trail, an ungroomed cross-country ski trail, leads from the summit down to the town of Jackson, New Hampshire as part of the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation trail network, dropping 3,240 feet (990 m) in 11.1 miles (17.9 km).
Wildcat was the first ski area to have a gondola lift, which opened on January 25, 1958. The lift has since been replaced with a Doppelmayr high-speed chairlift known as the "Wildcat Express", but gondola cars are still used for summer scenic operations.
Wildcat's 2,000-foot (610 m) base elevation and proximity to Mount Washington produces an annual natural snowfall of over 200 inches (5,100 mm). As a result, the ski and snowboard season generally lasts from mid-November through early May.
In recent years, Wildcat has worked to improve its summer and fall activities. In addition to replacing the aging gondola lift with a new high-speed chairlift (which is converted to a gondola during the summer and fall), the area has added a zip line, open year round and served by a triple chairlift.
The resort was acquired in 1986 by Pat Franchi and family. In October 2010, they signed a deal to sell the ski area to Peak Resorts subject to approval by the U.S. Forest Service which owns the underlying land. The new operators decided to not honor lifetime passes sold under previous ownership, resulting in possible legal action.
- History and Culture of Wildcat Mountain Resort in Pinkham Notch New Hampshire
- "Peak Resorts Signs Deal To Buy Wildcat Mountain In New Hampshire". OnTheSnow. 2010-10-21. Retrieved 2010-12-21.
- "Wildcat Mountain Rejects Lifetime Pass - New Hampshire News Story - WMUR Manchester". Wmur.com. 2010-12-24. Retrieved 2011-01-08.