Note the advice offered by Carol Sottili on where to ski in December in the Mid-Atlantic. She recommends Canaan Valley over Snowshoe, Wisp, or 7 Springs:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A12911-2004Jun3.html
Obviously, she does not ski often during this time period. As someone who has been skiing in December actively during the past 4 years, I can safely say that Snowshoe, Wisp, and 7 Springs are much safer bets. Why? Superior snowmaking!
If you look at this story:http://www.dcski.com/news/2003/12_08_2003/earlyseason.php3
You'll notice that both 7 Springs and Snowshoe had 13 or more trails open on 8 December 2003. Canaan Valley, by contrast, only had 3 beginner slopes available. Even Whitetail had more terrain open, including the intermediate Angel Drop. Before the Post offers such advice, it should at least consult the DCSki news vault for some statistics on that time period.
Snowshoe not only has more "bells and whistles" to quote the Post, its got more snow.