|Originally posted by DC_Skier:
Most ski areas offer 2-day tickets at a reduced rate. Also, Wildcat's lift tickets used to be a good value, but I haven't been there in a couple of years. I prefer Wildcat over Cannon, but both have some great skiing.
Wildcat is no longer a good value, and the skiing is nowhere near what it was even ten years ago. A day ticket costs over $50 for a mountain where no new trails have been cut in 30 years or more. Wildcat used to be my family's home mountain but we made a decision to bag them three years ago, when on the day after an 18" dump they had groomed all but 4 trails, two of which are uninteresting liftlines. What was once a fantastic mountain for bumps and powder is now an overpriced cruising mountain catering to the wrong people.
The base area is much too ascetic for the "cruiser" type of skier (the type who would swear by sunday river or okemo), but the mountain has become too grooming oriented to satisfy the taste of anybody but a "cruiser."
They would have to change ownership in order for me to even consider going back. The only other way I would consider going back is if I did Tuckerman Ravine on a sunday morning, and then did Wildcat's $15 sunday afternoon, but that is rare enough to not even count. There are so many better ski areas around. It's really a shame because Wildcat used to be one of the best Mountains in New England, back before the Katzensteig Trail was abandoned.