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Ive been up to Wildcat a few times and love it. Looking forward to a trip or two up there this year as well, they already have some decent snow! My question is: What is the Upper Wildcat trail like? Generally, I will only ski black trail I can check out first, but since Wildcat is off to the side with no views from the lift, Im hesitant to check it out. I do steeps like Middle Catapult, but I dont like steeps with ice and rocks like Lift Lion and Top Cat. I can probably do those trails as well, but it would be hard enough as to not be enjoyable. Is the Upper Wildcat trail a bit "milder" than these two?  

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Paging @wildcat hank .

 

I went to Wildcat for the first time last week.  The new snowmaking clearly made a big difference for early season.  There were three ways down from the top.  Upper Catapult was ungroomed machine powder several inches deep.  I lucked out and found a local to ski with for the morning.

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Upper Wildcat is not too hard.  IIRC it has one fairly lengthy sustained steep section that can be exposed to wind on occasion, but it is groomed and much wider than the lift line trails. It is what I would classify as a single black diamond. If you are there on a day when the conditions are generally good on the mtn - go for it.

:Ott

 

Way to go MarzNC!

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I think I skied more at Wildcat from 10:30-3:30 than any other day last week.  I was on my way from Loon to Sunday River.  6 min ride up for 2000 ft vertical every time made for a very good lift ride time vs ski time ratio.  Early season lift ticket was $49 and well worth it.

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Upper Wildcat is not too hard.  IIRC it has one fairly lengthy sustained steep section that can be exposed to wind on occasion, but it is groomed and much wider than the lift line trails. It is what I would classify as a single black diamond. If you are there on a day when the conditions are generally good on the mtn - go for it

 

 

Perfect, thats what I  was thinking but thanks for the verification!  I did a profile view on Google Earth and that short Catapult is actually steeper than Wildcat. Cant wait to get up there this year. 

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I just got back from Wildcat. It's killer up there right now. They have absolutely awesome base snow at the moment, but it is damn heavy. Upper Wildcat is buried right now.

 

The trail itself look narrow from the entrance, but widens as soon as the pitch starts. It's pretty mellow for the first half, but steepens up in the second after the start house. Usually the bumps and not the pitch are what throw people. Right now there really aren't any sizeable bumps to speak of.

 

Conditions on Tuesday were out of this world. It was soooo good that I ventured into one of the gullys off of Upper Wildcat and ended up having to hike out. There is still running water on the mountain so you have to be careful when venturing off trail. Today started off with a half inch of wet snow on top of breakable crust. By afternoon there was about 2" of fresh and the crust had disappeared, but the base snow was still really heavy. The water content in the snow is so high that is glows blue if you look at it from the side in ski track.

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It is worth noting that Upper Wildcat is one of the most wind prone trails on that mountain. When the wind picks up it can easilly get scoured down to bare ground.

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I just updated the Unofficial Gude http://www.epicski.com/a/wildcat-unofficial-guide

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Ive been up to Wildcat a few times and love it. Looking forward to a trip or two up there this year as well, they already have some decent snow! My question is: What is the Upper Wildcat trail like? Generally, I will only ski black trail I can check out first, but since Wildcat is off to the side with no views from the lift, Im hesitant to check it out. I do steeps like Middle Catapult, but I dont like steeps with ice and rocks like Lift Lion and Top Cat. I can probably do those trails as well, but it would be hard enough as to not be enjoyable. Is the Upper Wildcat trail a bit "milder" than these two?  

 

Upper Wildcat changes like a chameleon, depending on wind, skier traffic, snowfall, and grooming.  Ask ski patrol before you venture there.  Or go real slow and stop often.  The part that splits and comes back together is narrow; it gets skied off and can get ugly.   After that split comes back together you probably aren't going to take that Cat Cutoff (It's a goat path).  You'll end up going down the wider last bit of Upper Wildcat to Middle Wildcat.  That last pitch can be all bumps.  Or it can be groomed on one side.  The side that's groomed may be skied off.  

If you are in doubt about whether you want to ski this type of stuff, check with patrol or a ski instructor for current conditions before venturing there.

 

It does not have ice and rocks, though, like Lift Lion and Top Cat and Hairball.  Now you have me wanting to go back.  I used to ski there every Sunday.

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Good question but no good answer.  I all depends on the conditions.  

 

If there is plenty of snow and its in good shape its definitely doable by an intermediate skier or rider.  In this case the its often ungroomed and bumped up.  Its sometime groomed, but rarely. As long as you can handle some bumps, your good to go.  

 

If there is not plenty of snow or its not in good shape, its experts only.  In this case it often has thin cover with wind scrubed exposed rock and glacial ice.  And where it is covered, its bullet proof bump remnants that could not be penetrated by a jack-hammer.

 

I rode it once last weekend.  It had just been opened after being closed for quite a while.  The mountain had tons snow but upper Wildcat had been scoured.  Before opening it they ran a groomer over it - once.  The result was a chundra of death cakes that made avalanche wash look like some fine corduroy.  But in typical Wildcat fashion the powers that be erred on the side of opening trails that most areas would bock at.  Fine with me. 

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