Thanks for the replies.
Here is a small part of why I'm asking. I get a lot of PM's from people wanting advice and information about what to buy "her" (her being wife, GF, daughter, sister, etc)
As you may guess, my first advice is to get "her" good ski boots, then demo skis if possible.
But.....here's the sticking point........there are some women who don't want to demo.
If its clothing, goggles, gloves, mittens.....I like to find out things like where does she ski, what are some of her favorite runs, does she get cold, does she wear glasses(goggle information), etc.
Jackets: pocket placement, insulation/layering, hood, powder skirt, seam taping, and fit all make a difference, not to mention the color and style.
Skis: There are lots of things to think about. I personally chose the Blizzard Black Pearl for my daily driver, but there are at least 15(or more) other skis I'd recommend depending on the terrain choice, size, and aggressiveness of the woman their intended for.
Gloves: I really prefer mittens. I own a pair of Hestra CZone mittens and Auclair Helipro's. Both of which get a lot of use. But I also have some good spring gloves for the warmer days.
It won't be too long and we'll be going to the ski show, and demo'ing 2013 ski gear. If its anything like last year, I'll be checking out a lot of the new clothing lines, as well as some of my old favorites, and I'll be demo'ing lots of new skis, and writing lots of reviews.
Last year I worked full time at a a ski shop during the ski season. This season I'm working part time as a ski instructor and part time at Snowind Sports with Bud Heishman, so I'm getting a different view and broader perspective, especially after instructing Christmas day.
What can someone like me do to help someone like you find the right gift in the future?