Wildcat Mountain

Mountain Information

Wildcat Mountain, located in pristine Pinkham Notch, offers over 2100 vertical feet of skiing and riding terrain for any ability level, all accessed by the Wildcat Express Quad. Welcome to the Wild.

Did You Know...

Top 5 Facts about Wildcat

Did You Know...

Ski Racing Pioneers

In 1933 the Wildcat Trail was cut, one of the first ski racing trails built in the U.S.

The Wildcat Gondola

The first lift of it's kind erected in the U.S. The Gondola opened Jan 25, 1958.

Polecat Beginner Trail

At 2.75 miles, Polecat is the longest novice ski trail in New Hampshire.

Best scenary in the east

Wildcat has unparalleled views of Mount Washington and the Presidential range.

The 4,000ft Club

Nestled in the White Mountain National Forest, Wildcat is one of NH's 48 4,000ft mountains.


Mountain Statistics

Wildcat Mountain remains a classic among New England ski areas, providing a glimpse of the sport's heritage and roots while continuing to resonate with a core market that simply comes to ski and ride. Explore the mountain further with our trail map.

Highest Elevation

4,062 ft
(1238 m)

Base Elevation

1950 ft
(594 m)

Vertical Drop

2,112 ft
(644 m)

Skiable Terrain

225 Acres



Average Snowfall

200+ Inches
(500+ cm)



Beginner Terrain


Intermediate Terrain


Advanced Terrain



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Wildcat For Experts

Test your skills on our ungroomed natural terrain of Upper Wildcat, Hairball and the Chute.
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Wildcat For Families

Polecat Trail is the longest beginner trail in New Hampshire. The whole family can experience unparralled views while skiing top to bottom!
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Wildcat For Intermediates

Lap the open groomers of the Bobcat Triple.
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Celebrating 60+ Years

Wildcat Mountain History

It was the summer of 1933 that the civilian conservation corps, armed with axes and cross-cut saws, started clearing the Wildcat trail, one of the first ski racing trails built in the United States.

Excellent Snow, Spectacular Views & Elevation

The decision to develop a modern ski area on Wildcat Mountain was influenced by a few factors. Tremendous annual snowfall, high elevation, and northern exposure assuring a long ski season. Then there was the possibility of year-round recreational development. Of course, the spectacular scenery that surrounds Wildcat, including eye-level views of Tuckerman Ravine and Mt. Washington directly across Pinkham Notch, played a role as well!

Among the group that dreamed, planned, and finally built the ski area were Brooks Dodge and George Macomber, both of whom had raced many times on the famous old Wildcat Trail. These two men, each of whom had raced on two U.S. Olympic teams, were joined by Malcolm McLane and William Beal in shaping the first plans for the development of Wildcat Mountain Ski Area. A corporation was formed, capital obtained, and before you knew it the first T-bar was ready to roll. Only a few weeks later, and with appropriate ceremonies and fanfare, the first Gondola passengers were carried all the way to the top of the Mountain. Wildcat had entered the "Big Time" as one of the major ski areas in the United States.

The Wildcat Express

Taking the Gondola's place for base to summit transportation is the Wildcat Express, a high-speed detachable quad chairlift, which was installed in 1997. The Wildcat Express is the fastest and longest detachable quad chair lift in New Hampshire and possibly the fastest in the Northeast. At full operating speed, it can carry skiers and riders from the base to the summit in just over 6 minutes! Today, Wildcat does not operate a Gondola or enclosed lift during the winter season. During the summer and fall, the Quad lift line is transformed, chairs are removed and enclosed Gondola cabins are put on the line and it operates as a scenic skyride for sightseers and is New Hampshire's highest 4-person Gondola!


The Kitty Is For All Abilities

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, snowmaking has improved and grooming machines provide Wildcat with meticulously groomed terrain.

In fact, the award-winning Polecat Trail, a green beginner trail descending from the summit to the base, 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."

The Polecat, which keeps a special place in many a skier's heart, is New Hampshire's longest ski trail! 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. Those of us who grew up skiing at Wildcat know it's the best place to learn!