Kahuna, Other than the fact that 7 Springs is 2 hours further, it is a no-brainer. 7 Springs hands down. It is not even in the same class with Whitetail. Don't sweat it about the vert. 7 Springs skis bigger than it is, but there is no steep or really challenging terrain, and their tix are $30 now on weekends (not sure what they will be on Friday).
I wouldn't worry about the lifts, it won't be crwded and you will be able to get a lot of runs in.
[This message has been edited by DC_Skier (edited 12-10-2003).]