Wildcat Mountain
Wildcat Mountain
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Submitted on April 9, 2017 by rocket21 (877 Rating877)
Session SessionFull Day
Lift Ticket Ticket TypeDiscount from Ski Area
Lift Lines Lift Lines1 to 2 minutes
Snow Trail Conditions99% open; Spring Snow, Spring Snow
Glades GladesStill pretty much full coverage. Bulletproof this morning, but skiable in the afternoon (though a bit sticky from yesterday's new snow).
Moguls MogulsEverything not groomed was bumped. Bulletproof in the morning, but very nice in the afternoon. I've never much cared for moguls, but they were soft and formed nicely enough that I actually sort of liked them. Tomcat Schuss, Upper Wildcat, and Lift Lion were particularly nice early in the afternoon.
Terrain Park Terrain Park(s)I don't think I saw one.
Run of the Day Run of the DayTomcat Schuss
Food and Beverage Food and BeverageChicken tenders, fries, and a bottled beverage from the cafeteria were just under $15, but good.
Comments CommentsPerhaps the best spring conditions/coverage I've ever had at Wildcat.

Conditions were firm in the morning (good sign when the afternoon forecast is warm), so we stuck to the groomed stuff initially (Polecat, Lynx, Alley Cat, Catapult, Bobcat, Wild Kitten, and a few connectors), which was packed powder. Ironically it seemed windier at Wildcat today than at Waterville yesterday (when they windholded the main mountain), but it wasn't moving the chairs too much (a bit of a wind tunnel on Upper Catapult though). All groomed trails skied very nicely and had wall to wall coverage. Pretty much every trail and glade was open, with the exception of a few tiny steep/bouldery sections which were roped, but could be rejoined via connectors.

As the soft spring snow started to climb, the lower mountain came into play. Cat Nap was the first to soften, followed by Panther (lift line).

Tomcat Schuss was awesome, though the upper steeps are starting to go (a little grass and a few rocks starting to show mid afternoon). Even tried Al's Folly for the first time, which I don't think I had ever been on. Steep, bumps, and some large boulders. Even the Chute (very bottom of the old Gondola line) was skiing nicely.

Cheetah, Copycat, and Lower Wildcat were also all bumps, but nice in the afternoon.

As the upper mountain softened up, Upper Wildcat, Top Cat, and Lift Lion were all in play. Pretty good coverage on those; I don't think I've ever ventured onto upper Lift Lion before, but the snow was great and the moguls not too big or firm.

It looks like the main lot filled up. Lift lines for the quad were a few minutes, but not too bad. The two lower mountain triples were also running, but nary a skier on them.

We skied just about every trail on the map. I made it to 21 top to bottom runs/42K+ vertical before calling it a day, hoping to leave a little bit in my legs for tomorrow. It was very tempting to keep going, as 30 runs was well within sight and the weather/conditions so nice. Warm enough to not need a hat, but not hot enough to turn things into slush. The summer-like temperatures early this week may zap a lot of the secondary stuff, but today was vintage Wildcat.
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