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Wildcat Ski Area

Appalachian Trail HikingThink Wildcat is just for winter? Then think again! There is no such thing as the off-season at this New Hampshire ski resort located in Pinkham Notch.

When the snow melts, you just have to find another way to get down the mountain, and at Wildcat Mountain, that means the ZipRider. This thrilling zip line came to Wildcat in 2007, and has since been expanded from two cables to four due to its popularity (mountain management reports that rides on the ZipRider sell out every single day, so make sure to get there early).

Soar through the sky at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour, suspended from the line by a harness that holds you tight as you hurtle down the 2,100 foot long line, which descends down 265 vertical feet at an average 12 percent grade. Look down as your toes nearly tickle the tops of the trees that line Wildcat's trails and the Peabody River, or gaze out across the majestic Mt. Washington Valley as you fly 70 feet above the ground down the mountain, past the base lodge and toward the bottom landing platform where the only thing on your mind will be "Wow!!! When can I do that again?"

Tickets on the Wildcat ZipRider are $20 per person, and $10 for an additional ride. Riders must weigh between 75 and 275 pounds and be at least 52" tall and not more than 80" tall. Ticket sales begin at 9:30 a.m. and rides begin at 10:00 a.m. weather and wind permitting.

Those looking for a more relaxing ride will no doubt enjoy the Wildcat Express Gondola, which brings passengers up and down to the 4,062 summit. The enclosed four-person skyride looks out on snowcapped Mt. Washington, the Presidential Mountain Range and Tuckerman and Huntington ravines. At the top, enjoy a picnic (you can get the mountain cafe to pack one for you) or pose for a picture. You'll see why Wildcat's scenery has been rated the best in North America by Ski Magazine. Rides are $15 for adults and $7 for juniors between the ages of 6 and 12, with family members 5 and under riding for free.

If all that wasn't enough, in addition to an extensive network of hiking trails and on-mountain cafe, Wildcat is also home to a nine-hole lift-serviced alpine disc golf course. Instead of teeing off, players toss flying discs toward target baskets as they work their way around the Wildcat Mountain Alpine Disc Course, which spans the ski area's trails known in the winter as Cheetah, Snowcat Slope and Wild Kitten. The cost is $15 per person including lift tickets and playing discs, or $10 for those who bring their own.

Wildcat Mountain Ski Area is located just 12 miles south of the Top Notch Inn on Route 16. For more information, call 1-888-SKI-WILD or visit www.skiwildcat.com/summer.html.