Pros: Tons of vertical, true steep trails, the Slides, Lake Placid, tons of other stuff to do
Cons: Cold, sometimes icy and windy
I have been skiing at Whiteface since I was in high school in the early '80s. It a true skiers mountain. Not a lot of fluff about it. The blues at Whiteface are as hard as the blacks at many resorts. The Gondola makes a nice short ride to the top of Little Whiteface from where you can access some tricky blacks - Essex or Approach - or take an easier way down - Excelsior - a great cruising blue with a couple steeper pitches. When the sky are clear the views from the top of both Little Whiteface and Whiteface are amazing.
For the hardest terrain you take the Summit Quad to the top of Whiteface. From there you can access the Slides by hiking up from the top of the list - true tree skiing that even can involve a frozen waterfall. Or you can ski the downhill runs from the 1980 Olympic games. When standing at the top of Skyward or Cloudspin it's hard to think how good those skiers must have been to point them and go.
There's no reason not to bring the kids though as there is a separate Kid's Campus area. The instructors are supposed to be fantastic with getting the little ones up and going using a direct to parallel teaching method.
A few year's back the mountain opened another area - Lookout Mountain - to the right of Whiteface. The Wilmington Trail is a nice 2.1 mile blue that winds along the edge of the mountain. Hoyt's High is another difficult black if you want a good challenge.
The food at the mountain is very good and reasonably priced for a resort. The chili is absolutely fantastic - in fact almost worth the 5 hour drive from my house good! And the breakfast food in the base lodge - served cafeteria style - is so good we'll forget the sit down breakfast we can get in the hotel and head straight to the mountain every morning.
Lake Placid is a quaint Adirondack village although it does still have a '80s feel to it. There are fantastic restaurants that abound at varying price points. You can skate on the speed skating oval where Eric Heiden won his five gold medals which is right on Main Street in front of the Lake Placid High School. I've been there before when they've had a bonfire going in the middle of the oval, a stage setup with a band playing and sledding hill for the kids - all during the evening.
The area also has a bobsled track - a must ride for sure. It was better than the best roller coaster I've ever been on. A visit to the Winter Olympic museum is in order as well as a trip to the top of the ski jumps.
All in all Whiteface and Lake Placid has something to offer everyone!