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Snowmaking Upgrade to Wildcat - Page 3post #61 of 8310/11/14 at 10:23amIs the GM the brians behind the operation?
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Well it looks like a snowy weekend coming. Returning and new staff members have there first meeting of the season starting this weekend at sister Mt Attitash and then the following at Wildcat.
If they open in the next week and half I'll not be able to make it.
The season is very close let see who open first.post #67 of 8310/31/14 at 3:20amThread Starterpost #68 of 8310/31/14 at 10:26amQuote:
This is definitely going to be a good weekend to get the guns cranking all across northern New England. I'm sure Stowe will have their system cranking as well.
But maybe don't get too excited yet. As a denizen of a mountain that has been doing snowmaking upgrades for the past few seasons, I've learned the routine. This weekend is going to be all about systems testing, checking everything out to make sure it works. Their aim isn't going to be coverage, not yet.post #69 of 8311/2/14 at 6:28pm
I've been up there twice this weekend. They are continuing to blow on Upper Lynx, and I imagine they are going to try to light up Middle and Lower Lynx tonight. So far they seem serious about opening and very well may beat the typical big boys to be top-to-bottom. The latest from their snow report is below:Quote:
Wildcat Mountain is currently closed but snowmaking efforts have begun on the upper mountain. Snowmaking has been very productive at the higher elevations on top of 3-5 inches of natural snow, but we’re still not ready to open and invite you up quite yet. The snowmaking crew had a good night last night but lower mountain temperatures were just not there for us to get the snowmaking we need to open Lynx top-to-bottom. Upper Lynx is going really well, there are a few spots (summit to Lynx Lair and the "S" turns) that are almost close to being done!
We will continue to run snowmaking on Lynx, moving down the mountain as temperatures allow, until we lose favorable temperatures altogether for making snow, which looks to be by Monday evening. After we shut down, it’s estimated we need an additional 24-30 hours to get Lynx open top-to-bottom. Looking at the long range forecast, it appears that temperatures will come back to us later in the week, possibly Friday. Our objective remains to open as soon as possible for lift-serviced skiing and riding when we have a quality product top-to-bottom. We're just as anxious as you to get back out there! Stay tuned at www.skiwildcat.compost #70 of 8311/4/14 at 3:54pmThread Starter
Management is all in but they will not be trying to beat any other to be first.
My feelings is they will be first with 2000 vert ft.
Mt Staff will not be able to be on the hill for first runs.
When the tickets go to full price it will 75 dollars seven days a week. There are many ways to get discounts.
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How much were they last year? And why seven days a week?post #72 of 8311/8/14 at 2:59pmpost #73 of 8311/8/14 at 7:30pm
Will be there tomorrow with bells on!Quote:Surprise! Wildcat Mountain will open Sunday, November 9 at 10 a.m. offering top-to-bottom skiing and riding on Lynx trail via the summit quad chairlift. There will be no novice or beginner terrain available and early season conditions will be variable, but we are grooming and blading out all the new snow we've made. Seriously though, it's early season, expect the unexpected. Our latest round of snowmaking today has been productive covering the base area in white along with Lower and Middle Lynx. Temps stayed colder a bit longer and we were able to get a few extra hours of snowmaking on the lower mountain which helped us to open sooner than we initially thought. But here we are kicking off the 2014/15 season with 2,000 vertical feet of skiing and riding on Sunday, November 9! We're just as anxious as you to get back out there. We're still not even sure what we're going to do after tomorrow...stay open Monday or shut down and reopen later this week. We'll make that decision Sunday after we've skied the day, see how things are doing, what the weather is looking like, and everything else that the early season has us considering, so stay tuned right here at www.skiwildcat.com.post #74 of 8311/8/14 at 7:41pmQuote:Originally Posted by bliz1978
Will be there tomorrow with bells on!Quote:Surprise! Wildcat Mountain will open Sunday, November 9 at 10 a.m. offering top-to-bottom skiing and riding on Lynx trail via the summit quad chairlift. There will be no novice or beginner terrain available and early season conditions will be variable, but we are grooming and blading out all the new snow we've made. Seriously though, it's early season, expect the unexpected. Our latest round of snowmaking today has been productive covering the base area in white along with Lower and Middle Lynx. Temps stayed colder a bit longer and we were able to get a few extra hours of snowmaking on the lower mountain which helped us to open sooner than we initially thought. But here we are kicking off the 2014/15 season with 2,000 vertical feet of skiing and riding on Sunday, November 9! We're just as anxious as you to get back out there. We're still not even sure what we're going to do after tomorrow...stay open Monday or shut down and reopen later this week. We'll make that decision Sunday after we've skied the day, see how things are doing, what the weather is looking like, and everything else that the early season has us considering, so stay tuned right here at www.skiwildcat.com.
Quite a way to make news. Not only open well before Thanksgiving with 2000 ft vertical but also offer FREE skiing while asking for canned food or money to be donated.
"Skiing and riding will be FREE on Sunday, November 9! You will have to obtain a lift ticket, but it will be free on Sunday. Considering the time of year and the approaching holiday seasons, we do ask you to donate one canned good that we will donate or we will also be accepting donations on behalf of local food pantries. But otherwise, come and get it! Food services will be limited and rentals and ski school will not be available."post #75 of 8311/9/14 at 4:19pm
Can anyone confirm if this is true? If so I'm impressed. I love Wildcat, one of my favorites in the Northeast.
"Wildcat Mountain was the first New Hampshire ski area to operate its lifts for skiing & riding this season opening the Wildcat Express Summit Quad chairlift at 10 a.m. this morning, Sunday, November 9. With top-to-bottom skiing & riding via the Lynx trail offering well over 2,000 feet of vertical, it is also believed that today, Wildcat Mountain was offering the most open vertical terrain among all ski areas currently open in the United States."post #76 of 8311/9/14 at 4:43pm
I'm not motivated enough to track down all the other areas, but I tend to believe it. I can personally confirm that they were open top to bottom. My knees are still reminding me of this.post #77 of 8311/9/14 at 6:03pmpost #78 of 8311/9/14 at 6:09pm
Forget the time they opened. I stopped by Bretton Woods on the way home and there was no contest. Wildcat had wayyyyy more snow. The bottom 50 yards or so at Bretton Woods were all mud so walking was required. Nothing even close to that at Wildcat.post #79 of 8311/10/14 at 2:29amThread Starterpost #80 of 8312/11/14 at 7:20pm
The EpicSki Unofficial Guide has been updated to cover the recent upgrades to snowmaking. Thanks, @bliz1978.
I had a very good time checking out Wildcat for the first time in early Dec. The new snow guns were going all day on most of Polecat. They are really quiet. The other two ways down from the top were in pretty good shape too. On my list of places to ski the next time my travels take me to New Hampshire.post #81 of 833/16/15 at 6:21am
They are apparently serious about using the new snowmaking system at both ends of the season. Wildcat plans to make snow on Lynx for two days starting tomorrow. They are planning to shoot to be open until May 3 so they want to deepen the base. Is anyone else still making snow this late in the season?post #82 of 8310/22/15 at 5:06pmpost #83 of 8310/22/15 at 6:00pmQuote:
Nice mid-October stoke, New England style!
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