The week before Christmas can be risky at Whiteface. Some years the snow is good, even great. More likely, they will have the snow guns blazing to get a good layer of cover down for Christmas week.
Your luck is likely to depend on when the first big winter storm comes through, and whether it is followed by rain. An 18" dump that sticks can make a huge difference in the early season skiing at Whiteface.
I figured I'm taking a chance when I booked the trip, but as long as the have a few runs open with a decent amount of vertical that will be enough to keep me happy. Especially if I can do the bobsled/skeleton run at the Olympic facility while I'm up there. Since I mostly ski the Mid-Atlantic areas, skiing with snow guns blazing is how most of my skiing is done :). And hey, if conditions are bad when I'm up there, it will just mean I will have to book another trip sometime.
A bunch of factors just came together to let me take that week off for an extremely cheap vacation, with the two main ones being it was one of the few weeks I could take off this ski season and I was able to get lodging at Lake Placid and airfare to Albany for practically nothing that week.