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    Wildcat or Attitash?

    I'm a Hunter regular, but now with the new season pass I get to go to more mtns! Can you tell me in your opinion, which one is better? and why? I've never been to NH.

    Thanks!
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    It really depends on the type of skier you are. I personally vastly prefer Wildcat, but Attitash does family resort with a nice mix of classic narrow New England groomer trails and newer style open cruisers really well.

    Benefits to Wildcat that make me love it are:
    - wonderfully fast lift with minimal crowds
    - a lot of terrain variety with looong runs
    - better natural snow than Attitash
    - classic NE trails, some groomed but a lot of great ungroomed too

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    I'll second Wildcat and add:

    - best views in New England

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    Id imagine you would be going for a weekend no? You should ski both. Id recommend Wildcat for Saturday to avoid the big crowds and Attitash for Sunday. For both, get there early as they can get skied off fairly quickly.

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    I prefer Wildcat but my folks had a condo at Attitash for about 8 yrs so we skied it a lot.

    If you like steep groomers Attitash has quite a few on both peaks.
    Depending on when you go Attitash could have better weather (spring: it's lower elevation will allow the snow to soften up quicker, very cold winter days: lower elevation means less chance for nasty winds/cold that Wildcat is somewhat infamous for at times)

    if you will be in the area try both (they are only about 20 mins apart) pros/cons to each
    both should be a welcome change over the crowds you are used to at Hunter
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    Quote Originally Posted by deadheadskier View Post
    Id imagine you would be going for a weekend no? You should ski both. Id recommend Wildcat for Saturday to avoid the big crowds and Attitash for Sunday. For both, get there early as they can get skied off fairly quickly.
    That is a great plan actually. I like Attitash a lot too just not as much as Wildcat. There's a great deal to experience at both areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jully View Post
    That is a great plan actually. I like Attitash a lot too just not as much as Wildcat. There's a great deal to experience at both areas.
    Same. I ski Wildcat 90% of the time. Attitash only when bored and want to mix it up. If they ever replaced the Summit triple at Attitash, I'd ski there more frequently, but still not as much as Wildcat

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadheadskier View Post
    Id imagine you would be going for a weekend no? You should ski both. Id recommend Wildcat for Saturday to avoid the big crowds and Attitash for Sunday. For both, get there early as they can get skied off fairly quickly.
    Agree. But even if you're only up for one day, eat lunch in the car on the short ride between the two areas so you get to experience both. The pass is interchangeable.

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    95% of the time, I ski Wildcat. The only reason I'd venture over to Attitash is if its just too freggin cold and the snow is bulletproof.



    Crotched, on the other hand, is fantastic for some fast laps and a buttload of vert.
    The chairlift is a free rollercoaster!

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    If the whole mountain's open, Attitash has some pretty steep groomers that can be a lot of fun. Only problem there is the slow summit lift on Attitash proper (not Bear Peak, the lift over there is faster). As previously mentioned, Wildcat has a super-fast summit chair, looong runs and absolutely gorgeous views. Come for a three day weekend, ski 'em both the first two days and ski your preference the third day. Can't go wrong, and if you're looking for cheap, clean, very basic lodging, try the Maple Leaf Motel in North Conway. $50 a night last time I stayed there, and the owner did something really nice for me that, according to his policy, he didn't need to do.

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