There are plenty advantages to a romantic ski weekend in the spring: for one, warmer temps—on some lucky days you can even ski in a T-shirt—plus, you’re less likely to find crowds or lift lines, which means more QT for you both on the mountain. Oh, and the hotel hot tub will still very much work. Here are five of our favorites shaping up to have incredible spring ski seasons:
Wildcat, White Mountains, New Hampshire
Wildcat in the White Mountains is the place for skiers who are looking to maximize their time on the slopes. The resort is known for short or barely existent lift lines even in the winter, so come the spring skiing season—which generally lasts through mid- to late April—you can be sure to get in an impressive number of runs. The mountain sits within a national forest and has narrower-than-average trails, with most of the runs friendly for skiers of all abilities. The best part if you’re a total ski bum? It’s totally no-frills.
That’s not to say a lot of little luxuries can’t be found just down the road at The Glen House, one of the region’s newest hotels. Overnighters here will find spacious, modern rooms—many with a picture-perfect view of Mt. Washington and the surrounding Presidential Range—along with quality dining at The Notch Grille, which has a contemporary lodge vibe and a menu filled with local produce. During a stay in the White Mountains, you can up the romance factor by taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride through Nestlenook Farms or ice skating on the farm’s frozen lake in a scene that’s straight out of a Currier and Ives print.
Hunter Mountain, Hunter, New York
Though snow conditions in this part of the world can be somewhat challenging to predict, Hunter Mountain looks to be open well into April this spring season. If you decide to make the trip, you can get bragging rights as a couple on being some of the first to experience Hunter North, the recently expanded ski area that increased the mountain’s overall acreage by 33 percent during the 2018–19 season. And with a quality ski and snowboarding school, you can take a lesson together or separately and learn to conquer the well-balanced terrain of Hunter, which has lots of wide-open cruisers and is spoiled with views...which are great for capturing cute Boomerang skiing videos or lovey-dovey shots at the summit. The best part? Hunter is really easy to get to whether you live in the NYC area or even outside—it’s little over a two-hour drive from all the major New York City area airports.
Its proximity to one of the hippest new boutique hotels in the Catskills, Eastwind, ain’t bad, either. Just a 15-minute drive in neighboring mountain town Windham, the hotel dates to the 1920s, when it served as a bunkhouse for hunters, fly fishermen, and other outdoor enthusiasts. Today, it has 19 comfortable Catskills chic guest rooms and three of those A-frame wooden Lushna cabins you’ve been seeing everywhere on Instagram. The hotel feels totally lost in the woods, but with a steam sauna, barrel hot tub, and an outdoor fire pit, it’s the best version of camping there is. There’s also an adorable communal bar slash après-ski lounge with board games and a Scandinavian midcentury-inspired fireplace that's perfect for those couples that love to socialize and make ski buddies. On Saturdays, they also serve dinner in the space.
Teton Village, Jackson, Wyoming
Adrenaline-seeking couples probably already have Jackson Hole high on their bucket list, and for good reason. It’s the ultimate sophisticated Wild West town where you can spend all day submerged in nature—even passing a moose or two along the road as you drive through nearby Grand Teton National Park or up to Yellowstone—and the rest of your time spoiling yourself in its many fine restaurants, spas, and hotels. With some of the most challenging skiing in the U.S. and consistent snowfall, Jackson Hole is also a favorite for ski buffs, and a trip during spring ski season means you can really maximize all that the town has to offer.
With just eight suites, discerning couples will want to check in to the recently opened Caldera House if they’re looking for some privacy. The hotel will instantly remind you of a European ski chalet—that’s been updated with midcentury modern design cues throughout. Many of the rooms have their own patios that overlook a tram that takes skiers to the top of the mountain, complete with Solus fire pits that’ll keep you warmed up even after you’ve returned from the spa’s outdoor hot plunge.
Vail Mountain Resort, Vail, Colorado
As of press time, Vail had received over 230 inches of snow, so conditions are pretty favorable for spring skiing this year. Add in the fact that it’s home to tons of varied terrain, long runs, a charming Euro-style village at the base that’s brimming with restaurants and bars—which produce a nightlife scene that goes strong even into the spring—and you’ve got the recipe for the ultimate ski/party couples getaway. Spend your day on the slopes, then heed the advice of Ski.com, which recommends the “crazy, electronic dance party and affordable drinks” at Colorado Undergound or The Shakedown Bar for those couples into the dive scene with live music.
When you and your favorite party animal are ready for some R&R, though, there’s plenty of that to be had in Vail too. At the The Sebastian, a luxury boutique hotel and compound of private residences located right in town, couples are encouraged to sip on a beer while they pamper your feet. Called Pint & Pedicure, you’ll enjoy a local beer while your feet soak in a warm tub of Coloradoan pale ale at the property’s Bloom Spa. The enzymes and hops in the beer can actually help soften skin and exfoliate your feet while you do. The hotel also offers a couple’s massage using a CBD salve that is sure to have you relaxed in no time, but most restful of all is the ski-in/ski-out valet service—which equates to not having to schlep your gear to and from the mountain.
Aspen Highlands, Aspen, Colorado
Thanks to heavy snowfall this year, conditions in Aspen look to be ideal for a trip with bae for some spring skiing, with the official closing date April 14 being reason enough to visit for the end of the season. That’s because each year, guests at the mountain dress up for “closing ceremonies” in '80s clothes—think lots of neon onesies—or some other type of costume and hike the famous Highland Bowl. They then party at the top of the mountain with sweeping views of the Maroon Bells, and ski down to Cloud 9. It’s the infamous Highlands party spot that—if you’ve never been—will be a life-changing party experience you’ll tell your grandkids about (be prepared to get sprayed with champagne, though). Toward the end of the day there’s a huge dance party at the base.
Whether you plan to visit for Highlands’ last day or not, there’s plenty of fun to be had in the tiny but sophisticated town of Aspen, where the food scene rivals some medium-sized cities. Rest your feet in one of the handsome guest rooms at The St. Regis Aspen, where any of your needs will be easily met. There’s an incredible lobby fireplace for snuggling up together, a sexy outdoor hot tub that overlooks the mountains, a Chef’s Club restaurant where Eleven Madison Park is currently in residence, and their hotel ambassador is even a sweet Bernese Mountain dog named Kitty. Really, do you even need another reason to stay?