Whoa, Nelly. By the resort's own stats, Whiteface's vert is 3,166 lift-served feet and 3,430 with the hike to The Slides. Maybe you're thinking 3,600+ if you manage to ski from the very top? Still, I absolutely agree that the Face is an ass-kicking mountain undone only slightly by its partially deserved reputation for icy conditions. Reasons I love Mr. Whiteface: big continuous vert, steepness, high-speed lifts, and a virtue shared only by other state-owned ski areas like Gore, Belleayre, and to a certain extent, Cannon: no major development within eyeshot of the mountain summit (no condos, no hotels, no six-lane highways... no nuthin!).
Unfortunately, its location in a New York State "Forever Wild" area will also doom it from ever realizing its potential as a ski area. If I understand it correctly, the Olympic Authority is very limited in how much it can expand the skiable terrain there. Just think how big it would be if they could throw trails over the ENTIRE mountain... it would be easily as large as many big-name western areas.