New, Free Learning Area, Snowmaking, & Relocated Terrain Park Highlight “What’s New” for the 2012/13
August 16, 2012
Summer attraction operations remain in full swing at both Attitash Mountain Resort and Wildcat Mountain, but major improvements & initiatives for the 2012/2013 winter season are taking place at both ski areas as fall approaches.
Attitash Mountain Resort hosts its 15th annual Oktoberfest this fall on Columbus Day weekend at the base of Bear Peak and this year’s attendees will see something different there. New learning terrain for the upcoming season, including two new lower-mountain beginner trails, is being added to skier’s right of the Bear Peak base area. Most notable about this new terrain, including the addition of a renovated, handle tow, surface lift to be installed near to it, is that Attitash will make this learning area and lift available for free. “We are committed to beginner skiers & snowboarders,” said John Lowell, General Manager of Attitash Mountain Resort. “This new, and free, learning area is just the start of a Learn2 branded initiative between Attitash & Wildcat that includes related terrain, surface lift, and snowmaking improvements for the coming season, as well as new, affordable all-inclusive ski school instructional programs valid for use between the two ski areas that are designed to be inviting and easy when introducing beginners to a lifelong sport.” Lowell added that over $50,000 will be invested creating the trails, adding snowmaking enhancements, renovating and installing the new free surface lift at Bear Peak, and also relocating the conveyor belt surface lift on the Attitash side to better enhance the experience for novice skiers and snowboarders using the learning slope there. New rental equipment has also been purchased to enhance the beginners’ experience.
Wildcat Mountain, already well-known as an expert skier’s mountain, is adding a new $70,000 conveyor belt surface lift. “The legend of Wildcat Mountain is that it’s a super, challenging mountain,” said Josh Boyd, General Manager of Wildcat Mountain. “The truth is that it has excellent learning terrain, including New Hampshire’s longest, summit-to-base, novice trail, but we’ve lacked a surface lift for new skiers and snowboarders; one that would aid our ski school teaching beginner adults and children. I’m happy to say we will have that surface lift this season.”
Peak Resorts has also committed over $500,000 in snowmaking improvements and hardware for both ski areas. A total of 101 tower guns will be installed at the two resorts. Attitash will be installing 40 new tower guns adding to its already impressive snowmaking system. Wildcat Mountain will be increasing its output with the addition of 61 tower guns added to its arsenal for the 2012/13 season that will be installed on the Bobcat & Cheetah trails. At both areas, improvements to the mountain network of pipe that moves water and air continues to improve efficiency and support the increased snowmaking capabilities.
Additional on-mountain improvements for the 2012/2013 season include Attitash Mountain Resort relocating its larger terrain park to Bear Peak. The new “Abenaki” terrain park will be situated on Lower Myth Maker and Kachina trails and can be accessed from the Abenaki Quad chair mid-station. Leveraging the experience and expertise that has created Carinthia at Mount Snow, relocating and developing the “Abenaki” terrain park at Attitash is the next progressive step for Peak Resorts to utilize a crew of innovative park groomers and cutters and central fabrication shops to develop and maintain freestyle terrain areas and parks that are appropriate for each resort. The move will also allow for expanded intermediate terrain on the Attitash side opening up Thad’s Choice for all skiers and snowboarders.
Wildcat Mountain has also continued for a second year to work closely with the U.S. Forest Service to improve and maintain the approved glade and tree skiing areas during the off-season. Peak Resorts is committed to the tree skiing at Wildcat Mountain and Attitash Mountain Resort and is improving areas responsibly and consistent with the U.S. Forest Service.
Attitash Mountain Resort, located in the Mount Washington Valley, has previously been ranked amongst the East’s top ten ski resorts for grooming, weather, accessibility, and off-hill activities by readers of SKI Magazine. Offering two distinct mountains, Attitash and Bear Peak, and one of New England’s most advanced snow making systems, Attitash is known for its signature terrain parks, ski school and children’s programs, open-glade terrain, après entertainment, family value, the year-round mountain coaster attraction, and quality slopeside accommodations featuring the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel. For further information, please visit www.attitash.com or call 1-800-223 SNOW.
Wildcat Mountain, a year-round destination located 100% within the White Mountain National Forest in Pinkham Notch, is home to New Hampshire’s most powerful quad summit chair lift and is renowned for its high summit elevation over 4,000 feet and greater than 2,100 vertical feet of skiing and riding; longest novice trail in the state at just under 3 miles; and proximity to Mt. Washington that contributes up to 200 inches of snow and a long winter/spring season annually. Wildcat Mountain has consistently been rated #1 scenery and has previously been ranked top ten in the East for snow, terrain variety, and value by readers of SKI Magazine. For further information, please visit www.skiwildcat.com or call 1-888-SKI WILD.
October 20, 2014 - Wildcat Mountain has completed the largest snowmaking upgrade in its history, installing over 10 miles of new snowmaking water and air pipes, acquiring 227 new high-output/high-efficiency snow guns and completing the construction of a new, state-of-the-art, mid-mountain, booster pump house. Over $2 million has been invested to dramatically improve the snowmaking efficiency and output of Wildcat’s snowmaking system.
September 04, 2014 - William D. "Mack" Beal, Jr. of Jackson, N.H. died at his home on August 26, 2014. He was 90 years old. Mack was one of the original founders of the Wildcat Ski Area in 1957. In 1959, he created Dundee Management Corporation in order to acquire and protect land in the Jackson area. Mack was also one of the founders of the White Mountain National Bank in 1963 as well as a former Fish and Game Warden for the state of New Hampshire, and a Life Trustee for the Mount Washington Observatory.
May 28, 2014 - The snowmaking system at Wildcat Mountain is about to get a major overhaul thanks to a $2 million capital improvement project that will include over nine miles of new snowmaking pipe, more than 150 new high output/high efficiency snow guns and other state-of-the-art facilities as part of a total infrastructure revitalization. This project is expected to be completed before the start of the 2014/2015 winter season and will dramatically improve the snowmaking efficiency and output of New England’s only ski area entirely situated within National Forest Service land.
May 22, 2014 - Wildcat Mountain opens for summer beginning Saturday, May 24 at 10 a.m. offering two major state attractions for the long Memorial Day Weekend including New Hampshire's only ZipRider zip-line cable ride and the highest scenic gondola in the state, the Wildcat Express. Located in the White Mountain National Forest, Wildcat Mountain provides one-of-a-kind opportunities to enjoy views and scenery in Pinkham Notch.
April 25, 2014 - Wildcat Mountain looks to uphold its reputation as New Hampshire's spring ski area when it will reopen this Saturday, April 26 and operate for the weekend, weather and conditions permitting. Late season discount tickets for this weekend will be just $29 for all ages and/or youth age 6-18 "pay their age" when accompanied by a paid adult, one youth per adult. Reopening for the weekend, Wildcat Mountain will once again be the last ski area in New Hampshire to be offering lift-serviced skiing, the state's official sport, for an eighth season in a row.
March 29, 2014 - n the summer of 1933, the depression era born Civilian Conservation Corps, armed with axes and cross-cut saws, started clearing the Wildcat Trail. It was 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, and was designated as a class "A" racing trail. To celebrate its history, Wildcat Mountain invites winter enthusiasts to visit the weekend of Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6 to enjoy skiing & riding, music, food, fun and more as it marks 80 years of the Wildcat Trail.
March 16, 2014 - Attitash Mountain Resort and Wildcat Mountain are pleased to announce early season pass rates for the 2014/2015 season and introduce a new, significantly lower-priced Granite season pass for the “twenty-something” age category that has no college requirements. At an early rate of $399, the new 19-29 Granite pass is for skiers/riders age 19-29 years and is valid for use at Attitash Mountain Resort, Wildcat Mountain and Crotched Mountain ski areas with no black-out dates.
March 16, 2014 - A total of 38 skiers and riders registered and accepted the challenge to conquer over 100,000 vertical feet in a single day on Monday, March 10 to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation® of New Hampshire. Weather for the event was ideal for the field of male & female, young & old, and ski & snowboard participants to push themselves to complete the marathon alpine event. This year’s participants were able to collectively raise over $158,000 in pledge donations to set a new event record high donation amount.
November 05, 2013 - The ski season is all but here and both Attitash Mountain Resort and Wildcat Mountain will be among the many ski resorts attending the upcoming annual Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo. Skiers and riders all over New England will gather in Boston to get excited for winter and to see or buy the latest gear, plan ski vacations, find one-of-a-kind lift ticket deals, and talk with staff from attending resorts.
August 07, 2013 - Summer attraction operations remain in full swing at both Attitash Mountain Resort and Wildcat Mountain, but major improvements and investments for the 2013/2014 winter season are being made at both ski areas as fall approaches.
July 11, 2013 - Wildcat Mountain invites outdoor and ski enthusiasts alike to visit Saturday, August 24 to enjoy a day of guided hikes, tours, displays, BBQ, music, and more as it marks 80 years of the Wildcat Trail.
June 20, 2013 - Locals and visitors alike will want to mark their calendars and take advantage of special discount days being offered at both Attitash and Wildcat early this summer. On Friday, June 28, Attitash invites everyone to enjoy its many attractions and will offer the low rate of $15 for its full-day general admission. And then two weeks later, Wildcat Mountain will offer free Scenic Gondola rides Friday, July 12.
June 17, 2013 - Peak Resorts, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is pleased to announce the promotions of three individuals from within the company; Josh Boyd, John Lowell and Brian Heon.
May 31, 2013 - On Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, all dads can enjoy a free Scenic Gondola ride at Wildcat Mountain and a half-price general admission to the attractions at Attitash Mountain Resort.
May 22, 2013 - This year's "Kids Free Fishing Day" event scheduled for Saturday, June 1 will be a great way for children to learn about fish, their ecology, and skills associated with fishing. Representatives and volunteers from the U.S. Forest Service and Appalachian Mountain Club will provide experience and knowledge to help the beginning angler get started.
May 16, 2013 - Wildcat Mountain opens for summer beginning Saturday, May 25 at 10 a.m. offering two major state attractions for the long Memorial Day Weekend including New Hampshire's only ZipRider zip-line cable ride and the highest scenic gondola in the state, the Wildcat Express. Located in the White Mountain National Forest, Wildcat Mountain provides one-of-a-kind opportunities to enjoy views and scenery in Pinkham Notch.
May 07, 2013 - Attitash Mountain Resort and Wildcat Mountain believe that giving to the community is an essential part of its success and supports hundreds of organizations and events each year. Asked frequently to support charities of all types, Attitash and Wildcat Mountain annually support the local community and region by providing charitable contributions. Annually, they review hundreds of requests and donate accordingly with emphasis on local education and public health organizations.
May 06, 2013 - (Note...The press release below was originally released July 25, 2011 and the intent had been to remove the building during the spring of 2012. Because of weather/conditions that season, delays occurred and full removal was rescheduled for spring 2013) After considering all reasonable options, and working with U.S. Forest Service to understand codes and requirements to renovate the existing summit building that once served as the top-station for the original Wildcat Mountain gondola, Peak Resorts has determined that the capital expense is not feasible and instead budget the costs and expense to dismantle, remove, and restore a small, but noticeable, portion of the natural summit.
April 18, 2013 - Wildcat Mountain looks to uphold its reputation as the King of Spring in New Hampshire when it will reopen this Friday, April 19 and operate for the weekend, weather and conditions permitting. Reopening, Wildcat Mountain is once again the last ski area in New Hampshire to be offering lift-serviced skiing, the state’s official sport, for a sixth season in a row.
March 11, 2013 - A total of 42 skiers and riders registered and accepted the challenge to conquer over 100,000 vertical feet in a single day on Monday, March 11th to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation® of New Hampshire. Weather for the event was ideal for the field of male & female, young & old, and ski & snowboard participants to push themselves to complete the marathon alpine event. This year’s participants were able to collectively raise over $133,000 in pledge donations to set a new event record high donation amount.
December 26, 2012 - Attitash Mountain Resort & Wildcat Mountain have been introducing winter enthusiasts to outdoor fun on the slopes since they began offering lift-serviced skiing and riding. This year, as a special offer to support the snow sport industries January Learn a Snow Sports Month promotion, both mountains invite “never-evers” to sign up for a free Learn2 first day three hour clinic, rental equipment and novice lift ticket package at either Attitash Mountain Resort or Wildcat Mountain during the week of January 12 – 18, 2013.
November 02, 2012 - Once again, both Attitash Mountain Resort and Wildcat Mountain will be among the many ski resorts attending the upcoming annual Boston Globe Ski & Snowboard Expo. Skiers and riders all over New England will gather in Boston to get excited for winter and to see or buy the latest gear, plan ski vacations, find one-of-a-kind lift ticket deals, and hear what’s new from attending resorts.
August 31, 2012 - Attitash Mountain Resort & Wildcat Mountain announced today that for the entire month of September they will be selling midweek lift tickets for the 2012/13 season at the low pre-purchase rate of $30.
August 16, 2012 - Summer attraction operations remain in full swing at both Attitash Mountain Resort and Wildcat Mountain, but major improvements & initiatives for the 2012/2013 winter season are taking place at both ski areas as fall approaches.
June 18, 2012 - Every week in July and August, “Tin Mountain Tuesdays” and “Wednesdays at Wildcat” provides opportunities to explore Wildcat Mountain with a Tin Mountain Conservation Center naturalist learning about the diverse ecology of Pinkham Notch in the White Mountain National Forest. Also once a month at Wildcat this summer & fall, an Appalachian Mountain Club naturalist will lead an interactive and educational summit tour followed by a guided hike down.