Originally Posted by eml4sker
Spider -- if you want to provide some help or guidance, that would be great. If you just want to nickel and dime me on a time estimate, please find another thread. I'm not going to have an argument with someone who has never met me about how much I've skied.
Certainly wasn't my intention, but when you make the claim you've skied plenty and then make a an incredible statement, it is bound to draw some snark. We are all novice (didn't say first-timer) at something and you will absorb a lot more if you approach it with a sense of humility. That being said - lets talk functionality. Your budget will determine form (a lot of name brands being thrown out that are good, but not necessarily worth the money) Pants
need pockets, crotch vents, and knee cuff/reinforcements. If you bring a lot on the mountain, it is better to keep the weight on your lower body to protect it and balance your center of gravity. My favorite pants have pockets on the cuff - best place for a heavy multi-tool. Jacket
must be waterproof, have pit zips and be loose enough to be comfortable over a few layers. Base Layer
Jackets/Pants keep you wind free and dry. Base layer should keep you warm. Chili, HH, Spyder are great thermals with different thickness. The most important thing for me, however, is a quilted down vest. It keeps the iPhone from freezing and is wearable at the base. Gloves
The 'best' are not always warmest. I prefer it to go over the cuff with a draw string. A zipper/pocket on the back for hand warmer is very handy. Holding a handwarmer makes your hand sweat and will just make you colder. Goggles
One of the few things in life that I can honestly say I have more than one of. Polarized high intensity for flat light, Dark for bright light