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.