We started at BW because we always found snow there. We'd drive by a bare Attitash/Cranmore/Loon/WV to get top to bottom runs at BW. Most times you'd hit Cannon and it would start dumping. For a true skiing family, I think BW is the best beginner mountain for conditions and terrain. By age 10 my oldest had outgrown the terrain and we transitioned to the Loaf. He's now off on his own at age 12 at the loaf. We go to loaf exclusively because of the similar conditions. It's a bear of a drive for living south of Boston but worth every minute spent there.