Wildcat Early Opening Report

This past weekend Wildcat New Hampshire recorded their earliest official opening in the resort’s 60+ year history.  As usual Sam Shirley, our New England correspondent, was right in the thick of things and filed this report:

Lynx to Lower Catenary was the only run open, and was more pushed-out than groomed, but had some nice sections on either side of the groomed portion. There was plenty of cover on Lynx, between the snowmaking and natural snow, with really no significant thin spots. Conditions actually improved as the day went on, because of the snow being broken up, and the 5″ of snow they received. Near the end of the day, we did a ceremonial last sweep in memory of my great-uncle, and Mount Washington Valley legend, Al Risch.

Editor’s Note: Risch was a patroller and worked in mountain ops at Wildcat. His resume in the MWV region also included co-founding the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine, and starting a heli-ski operation on Mount Washington!

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