I don’ t know another mountain in New England where you can whip off 10 minute laps on 2,112′ vertical. Stowe’s Fore Runner quad comes close, but Wildcat is the winner this week. The mountain is 100% open, the Wildcat Express Quad is flying up the hill in just 6 minutes, with very few passengers, serving amazing spring skiing. The only thing better than the wall to wall white trails at Wildcat is the view of Mt Washington.
As skiers climb Tuckerman’s Ravine and earn their turns, you can be riding the speedy quad, resting your quads and enjoying great groomed runs like Polecat and Catapult, mixed with soft spring moguls on Lift Lion.
I get why most skiers put the skis away and end their season when there is no snow in your yard, it’s warm, your thoughts turn to biking, boating, golf. You need a serious leap of faith to know there is snow and some of the best ski conditions all year in ski country. Wildcat’s 4,062′ high elevation summit is still blanketed in snow with the bonus of brilliant sunshine.
I don’t get why so many skiers rush out in November to ski a man-made ribbon of snow on one trail, scraping their goggles of snowmaking rime between runs, but then hang it up on the longest brightest ski days of the year come April? Wildcat will remain open with reduced $40 spring lift tickets and has not set a closing date, pond skimming is scheduled April 19. Go get the Cat while you can.
Photos of Wildcat 2014 by Greg Burke