Wild Child is a great Chairlift Nine "hike in" run at Loveland Basin. It's about a 130 foot
elevation gain and 1/4 mile
from the Wild Child saddle to the top of Wild Child. It's not really that bad, but enough of a hike to discourage "yo-yo" skiing, so the powder stays fresher.
Wild Child Ski Trail central entrances have the steepest overall pitch. It's near vertical for a few feet right below the cornices,
then a mixture of 30-40 degree terrain until you get down to the increasingly flat run-out between the top of Lift Two and the top of Lift Six.
The upper portions of Wild Child can slide and slough, so the ski trail generally isn't open early season. Snow quality is good but
somewhat variable - Wild Child is shielded from the afternoon sun and entirely above 12,000 feet, so ice is seldom a problem. Blown-in snow can help add to
depth and quality. On occasion. however, some sections can have limited wind-crusting or Softstrugi.