This showed up in my Google News this AM, couldn't believe it: http://sports.yahoo.com/ski/news?slug=ycn-10290371. Hope the guy didn't get paid for it. Left out BOOTS, for crying out loud!!!
Top Five Pieces of Equipment for Skiing
As we approach the skiing season, many people wonder, "What are the most important things that I need, in order to go skiing?" Some things, such as skis, are rather obvious; others, such as goggles, which may not seem important, are less obvious.
The key to skiing equipment is to get something that suits what kind of skiing you are doing (cross country or downhill), and should also suit your particular enthusiasm for skiing. If you are a casual skier who goes out three or four times a year, you don't necessarily need top-of-the-line equipment.
If you are going every weekend, you will want to get the highest quality equipment you can.
The most essential piece of equipment for skiing are, of course, skis. The type of skiing you are participating in will determine what kind of ski you need.
If you are participating in cross-country skiing, you will want a longer, lighter ski than if you are participating in alpine (downhill) skiing; this will prevent you from wearing out on a long excursion. A good quality, carbon-fiber ski, such as the Rossignol Evo Glade, will last you a long time.
Ski poles are just as essential, as they help to control your direction, and also help to propel you across the ground. The key is to select a pole length that feels most comfortable for you. You will also want your skis to be made of a sturdy material, such as aluminum or carbon-fiber. The K2 Lockjaw is good for the casual skier, as it can be adjusted for an individual skiers height.
More important for alpine skiing than cross country, ski helmets are designed to protect the head during any (inevitable) falls. One key is to make sure that the helmet is designed to allow a comfortable fit for snow goggles (many helmets are made to support this). The Giro G10 Snow Helmet is made with this design.
Important in both downhill and cross-country skiing, goggles help to keep snow out of your eyes, as well as protect the eyes from sunlight reflecting off of the snow on the ground. Bolle Gravity Polarized Goggles are excellent for downhill skiing.
Light clothing is usually best for cross country; slightly heavier clothing may be more appropriate for alpine skiing. The waterproof aspect is most important for that inevitable fall into the snow; it will help keep you dry, which can prevent any potential bout with hypothermia. A coat, such as the Columbia Bugaboo 3-in-1, and pants, such as the Columbia Chilliwack Pants, are great, waterproof clothes for skiing.