Totally disagree. My definition of a feeder hill is a cheap place where kids can hang out after school with pretty minimal minimal vertical (under 500'), pretty minimal lifts, pretty minimal price and pretty limited amenities.
This is Crotched. Kids outnumber adults, it has just the basics, low vertical, and when comparing price others it is quite minimal. I believe it has found its niche with being a "feeder hill", it is a spot loaded with kids, some families, and new skiers. If you go to many places you define as a feeder hill (Blue, Yawgoo, Sundown, etc.) you will see a mirror image of customers. As far as cost, $64 is not minimal for a lift ticket but even places like Yawgoo (with all 230' of vert) and Blue Hill charge $45-$48 for a weekend day, it is just the going rate these days. The Rocket and snowmaking system is not exactly minimal but I believe they had to do something to start getting some of the metro-Boston business and put a dent into Pat's/Ragged business (and mentioning skiing until 3am was not going to cut it in their radio ads). And these days, a high speed lift and great snowmaking are not exactly considered "polish". Ski Sundown was burying all its trails in a 6-7' base and being 100% open before January well before Crotched got its system. I would say the only real places in southern New England that are not "feeder hills" are Jiminy, WaWa, and Berkie seems to be moving off that list.
Quietman, what is Crotched/Peaks doing to piss off locals? I would be irritated enough with the traffic but the smokey's, or smokey lol, up there seem to be all over it and be handing out tickets.