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Wildcat Trail celebrates 80 years this weekend

PINKHAM NOTCH — Born of the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps was one of many projects that put Americans back to work.

During the summer of 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps took its axes and cross-cut saws and started the massive task of clearing land for Wildcat Trail in Pinkham Notch, which went on to become a premier ski area in New Hampshire.

Wildcat Trail was one of the first ski racing trails built in the United States. It was designed by Charley Proctor, the all-around ski champion of Canada in 1927, and was designated as a Class A racing trail.

This weekend, winter enthusiasts are invited to celebrate 80 years of Wildcat Trial at Wildcat Mountain and enjoy skiing, riding, music, food and fun.

“Wildcat Mountain is a very historical New England ski area, well-known in the ski industry, and I feel fortunate to be here to take part in this celebration,” said General Manager Brian Heon. “Our spring celebration raises a toast to the 2013-14 ski season that has celebrated 80 years of the Wildcat Trail.”

Wildcat’s elevation of more than 4,000 feet and proximity to Mount Washington contributes up to 200 inches of snow annually and scenic views.

Besides ticket specials, events include the first Cat Scratch Fever event, the Rose Livermore Band on Saturday and an outdoor barbecue.

Sunday morning Blues and Brunch event is a meet and greet with Wildcat senior management to take part in an open question-and-answer session, then brunch and later in the day Erik Ray will be the featured blues act and will perform live.

For more information, visit or call 466-3326.