I'm asking for help to make a list of where I should go skiing. Wachusett is my go to mountain because of its proximity, but a couple weekends a year, I want to go elsewhere in New England. This weekend I spent two days at Attitash, and then went to Wildcat for an hour because the same ticket worked there. I'm quite comfortable on blues, but rarely go on blacks (yet). Attitash was rather icy this weekend. I was favoring bear peak, probably because of the high-speed quad (Wachusett has spoiled me), and my favorite trail there was Wandering Skis until it got too icy. Then when I went over to Wildcat, I only got to put in four runs, but they were great! The snow was much nicer, there was no one there (it was the end of the day, there was a Patriots game going on, and they don't have a lot opened this year). I absolutely loved the long easy run going down tomcat/polecat, and on another run I turned onto catnap which I found very fun because of how it curved around next to a small cliff (although it wouldn't have been fun if it was crowded).
Now for what I'm looking for. I want to try to avoid crowds, expensive lift tickets ($70+ is a bit much), and I want to avoid the big resorty places (this eliminates places like Waterville Valley and Killington). I don't need the nightlife, and just go back to my motel room for the evening. I'm not really interested in giant places either because of how confusing it may be, but these are also the places that might have long runs (like Killington). Okemo might be a good place to try for wandering, but it is resorty. Mountains that are too difficult (Canon?) should be excluded as well. These places should be preferably no more than 3 hours from Boston, and definitely under 4. I definitely want to go back to Wildcat as I feel I've only scratched the surface, and Mad River Glen is on my list as well (actually my very first time skiing was there, but was fairly disastrous).
So given all this information, what should I try?