It might not beat Mt. Washington in terms of elevation (but then again, who can?), but Wildcat Mountain’s 4,422 feet is nothing to scoff at, either. Part of the Carter-Moriah Range of the White Mountains, this well-known New Hampshire ski area faces Carter Dome to the northeast and mighty Mount Washington to the west. So those five summits are pretty scenic. Aside from its many trails and terrain parks for skiers and riders, its premise also contains the Wildcat Valley Trail, an ungroomed cross-country trail that snakes from the summit all the way down to Jackson, New Hampshire.
Located just a skip and a ski away from the quintessential New Hampshire town of Jackson, Wildcat Mountain is a perfect weekend getaway for visitors and their families from Portland or Boston, as both cities are just a few hours by car from the ski area.
Ski Wildcat, the most scenic mountain in New Hampshire
Everywhere you go in and around Wildcat Mountain, there’s a stunning view of Mount Washington. Hard to avoid this side of New England, but generally conceded as the most scenic ski area in the east, the view sets in as soon as drivers pull into the parking lot. And the mountain: four chairs servicing 47 snaking runs, rolling trails, trees, steeps, moguls, and New Hampshire’s longest novice trail at 2.75 miles from summit to base.
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Check out Wildcat’s expanded new terrain park and grab a brewsky between rides
Located just off of the Lower Catapult Trail, Wildcat Park has recently expanded to include seven features included two step down jumps, moving from smaller features to larger as skiers and riders drop down the trail. Designed by professional park groomers and cutters from Peak Resorts in a progressive layout, the Wildcat Park continues to delight all who venture onto its ridged surfaces. And the parties: from competitive freeride events to PBR promo parties with live music, the Wildcat Park shreds in a whole host of different ways.
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By the end of the lesson the instructors at Wildcat’s ski school will be friends
Wildcat Mountain is serious about their hospitality – family owned and operated, they set out to make all their visitors feel like family too. Their dedicated coaches are passionate about introducing kids and adults to the way of the snow, and to helping every skier improve their skills. They offer seasonal classes (five or ten sessions per season), children’s programs broken up by age group, Learn 2 Ski or Snowboard programs, and even a special AbilityPLUS adaptive ski program for individuals with physical impairments, all at a price that’s friendly on a family wallet.
Grab some grub at the Wildcat Pub
Wildcat Pub is both the après and avant hub of Wildcat Mountain. Offering traditional pub grub like soups, salads, burgers and clubs, alongside cold draught beers and a variety of cocktails, this pub also hosts occasional parties at the mountain with live music and more. Every fourth Sunday of the month, the Wildcat Pub hosts Blues & Brunch, wherein guests can stack up their plate as high as they want with the brunch buffet, grab a bloody mary or mimosa and enjoy live blues.
Relive the turn of the century at the Wentworth
Built as a wedding present by 1869 to a lucky couple, this grand hotel once hosted local celebutants, socialites and entrepreneurs in its casino parlors and ballroom at the turn of the century. Still, its former gilded ambience remains inside its genteel hallways, suites, condominiums and common rooms. However, there is one thing this generation can hold over any prior: hot tubs in the private rooms. Certainly with Jackson’s views over the White Mountains and the peacefully churning rivers of Wildcat and Glen Ellis, there is perhaps no balcony better benefited by a private steaming bath. Offering very affordable dining options and packages, the Wentworth is a classic and favored hotel in Jackson.