WILDCAT IS NOT WORTH $70!! I reluctantly bit the bullet and drove up to Wildcat to pay $70 for a lift ticket today, hoping that the recent snowfall would make it worth it. Instead, I was greeted with an ENORMOUS queue to buy lift tickets that snaked through the base lodge. I waited over 30 MINUTES just for the privilege of giving the mountain $70 to ski! The majority of the skiers on the VERY slow moving line were appalled at the unacceptable wait time and I watched several skiers actually leave rather than wait, which I was tempted to do as well. When I finally got to the ticket counter, the machine failed to print out my lift ticket, so I was delayed further until a manager could figure out how to reprint it. This was my 11th ski area in 11 days and it was the FIRST time I had to wait more than 2 minutes of valuable morning ski time to buy a ticket!! Wildcat only has one main lift and for some reason they delayed the opening until 10am!! Wind was not an issue today so I can only assume that the delay was another byproduct of the new mismanagement that had not gotten the chairs loaded on the quad in time for the 8:30 scheduled opening. Unacceptable! When the main lift FINALLY opened, the line was HUGE because every skier had to wait for an elderly man to manually scan their lift ticket with a gun and wait for approval to allow them on the lift. Meanwhile, chairs were going up the mountain EMPTY while skiers were forced to endure this terribly inefficient and frustrating new procedure. It makes me feel like I am not trusted as a customer and am suspected of using a counterfeit ticket. Again, unacceptable. There was almost no trace of the 28 inches of new snow claimed on the mountain’s website. Almost no “natural” trails opened and there were just a handful of available skiing options. Only about 1/3 of the mountain was open- about the same acreage of Cranmore ($59 lift ticket), and I was horrified to see that the mountain was NOT MAKING ANY SNOW!! This is considered a criminal offense at most eastern ski resorts who take advantage of every opportunity in December to make snow. After just 6 runs, we had skied everything available multiple times and decided to call it a day at 11:30am. Wildcat is NOT a $70 mountain. They have bare bones customer service, mismanaged skier services, minimal terrain with snowmaking, only one main lift, no on-mountain dining, disgusting base lodge bathrooms, and no new amenities offered to skiers this year to justify the increased price. Your money is better spent at Cannon ($63), Bretton Woods (100% open), or even Cranmore ($59). Needless to say I will not be going back for quite some time.