Originally Posted by Trompe le Monde
Californians and Texans make up probably more than half of the tourist revenue and property taxes in Colorado
Don't agree on the cotton thing. I'm most comfy in a cotton waffle-knit. Poly/synthetics doesnt feel any better.
Warmth is a personal thing. I hope as an easterner he's got some cold tolerance. As a former Cali and Texan resident, my get up was long sleeve base, fleece vest, and a standard shell. Kept me perfectly warm for the 2 seasons skiing Summit Co as a resident.
Ski socks and other "activity-specific" socks are quite superfluous. Any pair of wool socks will do....thickness dependant on one's footwear
Making fun of Californians and Texas is just reflex. Don't take it personally.
Cotton has no place in active outdoor activities, it's a performance thing, not a feel thing. Cotton does not breath that well, gets wet, stays wet and will not keep you warm at that point. Fleece and wool are much better. If you are not sweating, then cotton is great.
I say get ski socks because I'm not imagining he has decent wool socks for skiing. I can see his knee high argyles now. Also you don't want too thick of a sock, which many wool outdoor socks are.
Although for what
is going to likely be doing, non of this matters. You can drink cocoa in anything.
BTW, have you though of your hottub attire? Try Strawberry Park H.S. by Steamboat if you want to make a day trip