Which areas have the best beginner ski area layout within 2 hours of Boston?

Looking for opinions, primarily from those who have learned to ski/board at a nearby area.
Which areas are the best, especially in terms of
a) uphill mode of transport (magic carpet, chair, etc.)
b) ease of getting equipment
c) layout of the terrain - easy to get to and use
d) crowds
e) isolation from fast skiers coming from above

And then, which areas to stay away from and why.

I am deliberately avoiding the quality of the lesson, as it's subjective and depends so much on the quality of the lesson.

Thanks,
Bill

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