Pre-arrival Information

Wildcat Summer Basecamp

Check out the info below to finish planning your trip and helpful resources to prepare. Have more questions? View the FAQ's at the bottom of the page for more information.
Pre-Arrival Information

Get to Know the Mountain

Pre-Arrival Information

Summer Hours

See the latest on-mountain operational hours and information.

Hours of Operation

Summer Adventures

Discover all there is to do at Wildcat during the summer.

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Trail Maps

Trail and lift information.

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Check out the exciting events at Wildcat this summer.

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Current Conditions

Check out the weather on the mountain before your visit.

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Preparing For Your Trip

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Tips & Tricks

  • Our parking lot and base lodge is located just north of the Pinkham Notch Appalachian Mountain Club Visitor Center and just south of Great Glen Trails and the Mount Washington Auto Road. Parking is free. 
  • At our base lodge you can find the Wildcat Cafeteria and retail options. 
  • The weather at Wildcat can be wild. Be sure to bring layers stay hydrated, and take a break in our base lodge. 
  • Please store bags in our complimentary bag storage area located outside next to the rental shop or inside on the main floor or second floor. 
  • Be sure to check the Epic Mix App, our website, and the Wildcat Mtn Alerts on Twitter @WildcatMtn for up-to-date operating status.

Complete Your Trip

Summer Activities

Take in the scenery of the surrounding Presidential Range & Mount Washington via the chairlift or our hiking trails.
Summer Activities

Dining Options

Take a break and enjoy a hot beverage and snack at the Cafeteria and Wildcat Pub.
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Area Activities

Venture out when our lifts close and check out the fun that can be had from our local establishments.
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Step into the Wild

Summer Scenics at Wildcat Mountain


What winter activities do you offer?

We only offer alpine skiing and snowboarding.

Is night skiing included in my pass or lift ticket?

Night skiing is not available at Wildcat Mountain.

Is a lift ticket included in my ski lesson?

No, lift access is not included in your SRS lesson. In most cases a lift ticket can be added to your lesson for less than the window/advanced purchase rate.

When do your resorts open for the winter?

Wildcat opening day coming soon. We look forward to seeing you out on the slopes!

Is there a height or age requirement or limit to your activities?

There is no age or height requirement for skiing or riding, but per the responsibility code, prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely. This includes the carpet. 

Is childcare offered and how can I make a reservation?

Childcare for ages 18 months to 6 years is offered at Wildcat for the 22/23 season. The Lions Den located in the Wildcat Base Lodge allows you to enjoy the slopes without having to worry about the little ones.

Reservations can be made by calling or visiting Guest Services in the Main Base Lodge.

Do you allow service animals?

Yes, Wildcat allows service animals in the base area. All service animals do need to be leashed.

Do you allow dogs on the gondola?

Dogs are not permitted on any lifts or on the slopes.

How do I cancel or change the date of my lift ticket?

If more than seven days before your first planned day, please call or email us; If less than seven days, please call us at 970-754-0005 to allow adequate time to make this change. If you have already arrived at your resort, or if it is the day you would like to ski, please feel free to stop by any ticket window to make your changes. All lift ticket change pricing will be for the date of request regardless of when the ticket was purchased. For example: if a ticket is purchased with advanced ticket pricing and then changed inside of 7 days of the start date, the pricing will not receive advanced ticket pricing.

Do you offer an early bird "First-Tracks" Program?

We do not offer a First Tracks program at this time. 

Where can I view mountain cams?

To view our mountain cams, click here

Where can lessons be reviewed and booked?

Lessons can be reviewed at booked at

I am not seeing availability online, is there a waiting list we can be added to?

We do not have a waitlist. Guests make changes/cancellations to their reservations, so continue to check the website for availability. 

I need to change the date of my ski school, how can I do that?

Stop by, call 603-466-3266, or email at the guests services desk.

How can I cancel my ski school?

Stop by, call 603-466-3266, or email at the guests services desk.

Do I need a reservation?

Lift tickets, rentals and lessons are inventoried products that sometimes sell out. We encourage purchasing these products in advance. Reservations are not required for skiing or riding with your Epic Pass.

I bought my pass/ticket, now what?

Passes are shipped to your home address. If you receive it in the mail, you can head straight to the lift! If you didn't receive it in the mail, head to any pass office at any of our base locations. If you have an old pass on the same account, you can reactivate the card at a ticket office. For tickets that are shipped, if purchased far enough in advance, tickets can be loaded to your previous card if you have one, or can be picked up at the ELTP (Express lift ticket pick up) line. If you need rentals, please order on line in advance or visit our rental shops.

How to check if my pass has access to specific resort?

Please go to, and then to “Passes” (top left) on the Epic Pass homepage. Then click on your specific pass and scroll down to “Resort Access.” Please read carefully, as all passes provide specific access, and can have restrictions involving both resorts and active dates.

Where can Lift tickets be reviewed and purchased?

Tickets can be purchased by visiting our resort websites and selecting the dates you would like to ski. Be aware that lift-ticket sales are limited this season to enhance the on-mountain guest experience, so lift tickets (or days) do sell out. We highly recommend purchasing lift tickets in advance.

We will mail all tickets that are ordered more than 9 days prior to arrival. Please go to any of our ticket offices, present a photo ID, where you can also pick up your ticket. Please call the Epic Pass Service Center at 970-754-0005 with any questions prior to your arrival, or contact a ticket agent via Live Chat at

What are the Passes that have access to Wildcat?

A variety of Passes include access to Wildcat Resort. Be aware that passes can have restrictions on the number of days or the dates of access. For detailed information, please go to, go to Passes (found on the menu bar at the top of the page), and click on the specific pass you would like more information on. 

Where do I buy buddy tickets/ski with a friend tickets?

The ability to purchase discounted Buddy Tickets and Ski-With-A-Friend Tickets are included with certain passes, if purchased in the spring. If you have Buddy or SWAF tickets included with your pass, you can purchase the discounted lift tickets at or at a ticket window. To avoid delays, we encourage you to purchase online. To purchase online, a Pass Holder must sign into “My Epic Account” (top right) at, click on the “Passes” tab and navigate to the “Benefit Tickets” section. You can select the specific day and resort after you click on “Buy For A Buddy” or “Buy For A Friend.” Once purchased, the lift tickets must be picked by the Pass Holder at the Resort by displaying their pass. For more information, please go to, Benefits (top, center) then Ski With A Friend and Buddy Tickets.

Do you offer discounts for military personnel?

Yes. There are two different options and the most economical is the Epic Military Season Passes. We provide options for Active, Retired, and Veteran military members and eligible Dependents. U.S., Canadian, and Australian personnel and their eligible dependents qualify. Military Passes require verification of current military status and verification CAN NOT be completed in the resort. For more information, please refer to this link: Please Note: Partner resort access and Buddy Tickets are NOT included with any Military Passes. Ski-With-A-Friend Tickets ARE included. For more information, please go to, Need Help? (Top center) and then Military Passes. The second option is Military Lift Tickets. We offer discounted Military Lift Tickets for Active and Retired military members and eligible dependents. Guests can purchase Military Lift Tickets at the ticket window or by phone at 970-754-8245. Military Lift Tickets require verification of current military status at the ticket window or at the time of purchase by phone. Please Note: Veterans and their Dependents do NOT qualify for Military Lift Tickets. 

Do you offer professional discounts for non-Vail Resorts Ski Patrol?

Yes, we offer professional discounts for National Ski Patrol (NSP) members, along with other professional organizations, such as PSIA, CSIA, and others. NSP members can purchase one discount lift ticket per day. Discounted Tickets can be purchased at the ticket window or by calling the Epic Pass Service Center at 970-754-0005. Whistler-Blackcomb guests call 800-766-0449. You also can contact an agent via Live Chat at A current NSP ID must be presented at the time of purchase. 

How do I cancel or change the date of my lift ticket?

To change or cancel a lift ticket date, please call the Epic Pass Service Center at 970-754-0005. Whistler-Blackcomb guests call 800-766-0449 or go to the resort ticket window by 5 pm on the expiration date of the lift ticket. In addition, be aware that two or more day lift tickets have a range of dates of use, depending on the number of days of the ticket. For example, a two-day ticket can be used anytime within a three-day range. A three-day ticket has a five-day range of use, etc. Stop by a ticket window for more details. Also be aware that lift-ticket sales are limited this season to enhance the on-mountain guest experience, so lift tickets could sell out. We highly recommend purchasing lift tickets in advance. If a resort is not sold out, lift tickets can be purchased online or at the resort, but not by phone. For more information, please go to, Tickets (top, center), and then scroll down to FAQs.

Is my pass or lift ticket transferable to my friend or family member?

No. Season Passes and Lift Tickets are non-transferable and they are assigned to an individual person. Anyone caught using another person’s Lift Ticket or Season Pass will be removed from the mountain and could face other additional penalties. 

What discounts are include with my pass or lift ticket?

There are many season-long discounts attached to your Season Pass. Benefits include Epic Mountain Rewards of discounts up to 20 percent on food and beverages, lodging, group lessons, and gear rentals, among other benefits. Other Season Pass benefits include discount Buddy Tickets and Ski-With-A-Friend Tickets, and Summer Access. For more information, please go to, Benefits (top, left) then View All Benefits.
All Epic Day passes include season-long Epic Mountain Rewards discounts. Other benefits and access are determined by the type of Epic Day Pass purchased. For more information, please refer to this link: Please Note: Epic Day Passes do NOT include Buddy Tickets, Ski-With-A-Friend tickets, or Summer Lift Access.
For discounts and benefits attached to Whistler Blackcomb Passes, please refer HERE 
Lift ticket benefits include the ability to change the date and also refund all unused days.

Can I buy lunch with my pass?

Yes! You just need to make sure you have resort charge set up. Learn more on how to set up resort charge here 

Do I get my Epic Mountain Rewards at your restaurants?

For the most part - absolutely! All of our cafeteria style restaurants on mountain offer the EMR discount (20%!) on food. Alcohol is excluded at all locations and there is limited participation among our fine dining and full service restaurants. Be sure to look HERE to see everywhere you can use this awesome pass holder discount

Do I need a reservation to have lunch on mountain?

No! No reservations required to enjoy our convenient on-mountain cafeterias this year. Just ride until you're hungry, and then pop in.

I want to have lunch with a big group, is it okay if I save a bunch of tables?

It depends, but we, and a lot of the other guests on the mountain, would really prefer you do not save tables so that those who are looking to sit can find a place to enjoy their lunch. If you want to eat with a big group all together, we recommend trying before noon or after 1:30 PM.

Last year you told me I had to leave after 45 minutes, is that still true?

Thankfully we are in a different place than last year and required table time limits are no longer in effect. However, out of respect for other guests, we do ask you to be thoughtful and limit your time at the table, especially during peak times and holidays. Go ride!

When is the best time to eat lunch?

When you're hungry! But also, to get the most out of your day, consider dining outside of our peak hours of 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM. We always recommend an early start, an early lunch (11:00 is awesome), and an early apres.

How do I get to the resort?

To visit Wildcat Mountain, simply plug in the following addresses to your navigation device of choice! Wildcat Mountain 542 NH-16, Gorham, NH 03581. For more information visit click here

Does the resort offer lockers? Do I need to purchase in advance? How much is a locker pass for the season?

Wildcat offers Seasonal Lockers. Seasonal Locker rentals are currently full and there is a waitlist. To join the waitlist for a seasonal locker visit Guest Services. Our  Base Lodge offers outside storage cubbies free of charge for your convenience.  Bags and ski gear are not permitted to be left unattended inside the lodge.  We recommend storing any valuable items in your vehicle or in a reserved seasonal locker.  

Where can I park? How much does it cost?

Wildcat offers free parking directly in front of the Main Base lodge. Overflow parking is available in C lot, .25 mile North of the Main Base Lodge parking lot. 

What time do I need to arrive for ski school?

One hour before the start of the lesson. An hour and a half before the start of the lesson during weekends and holiday periods if rental equipment is needed.

Where to meet for Ski school?

Ski school meets on the right hand side after you cross the bridge to go to the lifts. Look for the Ski school flags. 

What is the weather like when I arrive?

Enter the Wild at Wildcat. Sitting at the base of Mount Washington, weather conditions vary and you should be sure to dress appropriately for a fun day on the mountain. For the latest snow and weather conditions, click here 

Where do I find the daily morning snow conditions report?

For the latest snow and weather conditions, click here  Be sure to download Epic Mix from your app store today to keep up to date with weather and trail conditions. 

How do I activate the card I have?

When purchasing online, you can select "have a card" while logged into your account, select pass number of the card you have to continue to use the card you have in your possession.

I never got my pass in the mail. Can I still go skiing?

Absolutely. All Season Passes provide access as determined by that particular pass, even if you don’t have the physical pass in hand. Please go to any Vail Resorts ticket office, present a photo ID, and a new pass will be issued. If time permits, please call the Epic Pass Service Center at 970-754-0005 and a new pass will be mailed. Whistler-Blackcomb guests call 800-766-0449. Or contact a pass agent via Live Chat at to have a new pass issued.

Where do I pick up my pass?

Please go to any Vail Resorts ticket office, present a photo ID, and you’ll be able to pick up your pass. If time permits, please call the Epic Pass Service Center at 970-754-0005 and a new pass will be mailed. Whistler-Blackcomb guest call 800-766-0449. Or contact a pass agent via Live Chat at to have a new pass issued.

What food and beverage options are open, and what are hours of operation?

Wildcat offer convenient dining options in the Base Lodges. To view our dining options and the hours of operation visit our dining page

What are our options for on-mountain dining for lunch?

Take a break to warm up and enjoy lunch at the Wildcat Pub or the Cafeteria in the Base Lodge. To view our dining options and the hours of operation click here

Someone in my family has a food allergy or sensitivity, are your lodges able to accommodate them?

We strive to offer meals that suite a variety of modern lifestyle and dietary preferences, due to the nature of our menus, please ask locally during your visit.

Do you take cash in your restaurants?

At this time, Vail Resorts does not accept cash in it's restaurants. All major cards, ApplePay, and resort-charge are accepted.

I just want to keep skiing, do you have grab & go options?

Yes, most lodges offer snacks, protein bars, and to go sandwiches and salads to keep you fueled and on the go!

What time do lifts close?

For the latest lift and terrain status, click here

When do different sections of the mountain close?

The entirety of the resort is typically open for access during operational hours.  If there are daily changes they will be reflected here

Why are some trails groomed and other not?

Step into the Wild at Wildcat. Trails may be left ungroomed to provide a challenge for the skiers and riders looking to experience the natural snow.  To view groomed and ungroomed trails visit us our terrain status page here

How to contact safety/ ski patrol

For immediate assistance and to report all accidents, please call the Ski Patrol at (603) 466-4294. Emergency Phones are available with all lift operators. All parties involved in a collision must exchange information and contact the Ski Patrol. Ski Patrol may aslo be contacted by visiting Guest Services in the main lodge or by calling Guest Services at 603.466.3326. 

Which runs are open?

Check out our website or Download the EpicMix app to view current lift and terrain status

Which base areas are open?

During operational hours, all base areas are open unless stated otherwise. View our hours of operation here 

Why didn't Epic Mountain Rewards apply?

The Epic Mountain Rewards discount is available at eligible Vail Resorts restaurants, lodges, rental shops, golf courses, and other businesses and activities. The discount applies to all food and non-alcoholic beverages. The pass holder must present their eligible pass to receive the discount. For more details, Please go to, Benefits, then Epic Mountain Rewards to learn more, or click here

Where are the restrooms?

Washrooms are located on the bottom and top floors of the Wildcat Base Lodge.

Where can I request a refund?

The guest services desk located on the main floor in the base lodge.

I forgot my boots, where can I rent additional gear?

The rental shop is located on the lower floor of the base lodge.