Butternut is the most overrated resort in the northeast. It was 50 degrees that day but there were bare spots on over half the trails by 12:00 and bare spots on all trails by 2:30! This is the reason that Butternut is overrated- they were ranked #1 in snowmaking, but on New Year's there were bare spots! Butternut is also exetremely overrated for family friendlyness. The kindness of the staff was just like other resorts I've been to.
Don't worry, there are a couple of highs:
1. Lot's of quads- but slow
2. Intermediates and beginners will love the mountain- but two expert runs that are easy.
3. I had two great runs in the morning before the snow went bad
4. Overbrook Triple is hard to get to, but is worth it for the uncrowded runs.
5. 1,000 verticle is good for Mass but acerage is small
Overall, Butternut is good for lower skill levels, but don't believe all the hype about the place.