Never been to Whiteface. All I know is that everyone I've ever asked about it called it "Ice Face." But I've been to Stowe a lot. True that if you're driving that far you might as well go to Jay Peak, because Jay is like a western mountain here in Vermont. Big, with lots of glades, and two mountain faces. That said, we've also been shut out twice because of terrible conditions. Either high winds shutting down the lifts, or -10 temps and ice. When Jay is on, I don't think you'll find anyplace better on the east coast. Plus, they've done a gazzillion dollar expansion with new hotels, and an insane water park rated as one of America's top ten extreme parks on Travel Channel, if that means anything. You can get a combined lift/water park ticket...when the mountain closes at 4:00, you can grab a cocktail and head to the water park (with stationary wave for surfing).
So, if you're not willing to drive to Jay Peak, Stowe kicks ass. There is some big-boy terrain and long, long runs (I think they have one that is almost five miles if you go all the way to the hotel down the road from the main mountain). They've also done some major expansion. Two mountains, Mansfield and Spruce Peak. Spruce if more family oriented, with lots of beginners. Mansfield is the steep one with a rustic lodge and the famous "Front Four" double diamonds. And Goat if you've got the balls.
Stowe for the overall resort/big mountain experience. Beautiful town, long strip with lots of restaurants and places to stay. Jay is self-contained. There is NOTHING in Troy, Vermont. I mean, nothing. Maybe a general store, but the Resort at Jay is it. Unfortunately, can't say anything about Whiteface other than it's one I want to go to.
Last edited by surfinsnow; 02-26-2014 at 12:37 PM.