Pinkham Notch, NH – 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.
Wildcat Mountain’s ZipRider offers a unique flying experience and is the only attraction of its kind in New Hampshire. Different from the canopy zip-line tours familiar to most, at Wildcat Mountain, for just the cost of a $20 ticket and meeting minimum and maximum weight/height requirements, riders will descend just under a half-mile over trails, tree-tops, and the Peabody River at heights of up to 70 feet and speeds that can reach 45 miles per hour.
Also unique to Wildcat Mountain, and the only one of its kind in North America, the Wildcat Express has once again transformed from New Hampshire’s fastest and most powerful summit quad chairlift during the winter and spring skiing and riding season to the state’s highest summer and fall scenic gondola. The enclosed 4-person scenic gondola cabins transport guests to the 4,000 foot-plus summit of Wildcat Mountain offering ideal views of Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range. The scenic gondola is the best way for the entire family, including well-behaved canine members on a leash, to enjoy incredible views and scenery. Gondolas run continuously, so you don’t wait in any lines.
This summer also marks 80 years from when the Civilian Conservation Corps, armed with axes and cross-cut saws, started clearing the Wildcat Trail in 1933. 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. Wildcat Mountain is planning to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Wildcat Trail on Saturday, August 24 with a day of guided hikes, tours, presentations, BBQ, music, and more.
The ZipRider & scenic gondola will be open as weather permits for weekends only (including the Memorial Day Monday) beginning Saturday, May 25 and then will begin to operate daily Saturday, June 15 through Labor Day and will the return to weekend only operations from September 7 to October 14. Wildcat Mountain offers hiking, a fishing pond, a lift-serviced 9-hole alpine disc golf course, and weekly guided tours and outdoor interpretive programs with the Tin Mountain Conservation Center and Appalachian Mountain Club. The base lodge café serves a lunch menu and picnic-style “Lunch & Ride” packages are available for individuals, families, or groups. All rates and information can be found online at skiwildcat.com or by calling 1-888-SKI-WILD.