Catskills skiing on Easter weekend -- and beyond

Above: A shot of "The Cliff" on Hunter Mountain, taken on March 27 -- in most years, a date when Catskills skiers are already putting their gear back in the attic.

Skiing on Easter Sunday? Yes indeed: All four Catskills mountains are open for business this weekend.

After last year's dismal winter, you've got to forgive local ski centers for being a little giddy about the prospect of skiing until April. Plattekill, a small family-owned ski center in Roxbury, was especially liberal with the exclamation points when they announced they'd be open March 29 through 31:

Isn't March for Spring Skiing??? It's confusing when April is next week, it's snowing like it's December and the conditions are comparable to mid-January. Now don't you just love mother nature, WE DO!!! YAY FOR SPRING!!! 

Windham is open, and will be offering mid-week lift ticket prices through the weekend.

Belleayre still has 48 trails open, and they're talking about extending the season into April.

In a bold move, Hunter Mountain has declared that they'll stay open through mid-April. The mountain will be open daily through April 7, and also the weekend of April 13-14.