I've just come across this forum and am thoroughly impressed! I am basically a recreational skier (blues and an occasional black) only going 3-4 days every couple of years. I'm not a "gaper" but I definitely don't have anywhere near the time on slope or skill that you guys have :)
The short version of the question is: what is some inexpensive gear (pants / jacket / base layer) for an infrequent skier hitting the Austrian Alps that still wants to stay warm and dry.
Longer version of the question is: My family and I have found ourselves in Germany for the next 3 years and we plan to take advantage of the opportunity to ski in the Alps while we're here (which means maybe 10 days each year). The quandary I'm facing is that we have basically no ski gear and I have to buy gear for me, my wife, and my 2 kids (8 and 5). We'll rent ski's and boots, and we do have some micro-fleece pullovers for a mid-layer and Heli's Army lobster claws for gloves, but we'll need to buy base-layer, pants, jacket (most likely insulated so we can use it outside of skiing), helmet, goggles, etc.
I have been reading a TON of threads here for the last few weeks and there is great info, but largely (and understandably) recommendations are for very high end gear. I just can't justify dropping close to $3,000 on ski gear for the family when we'll only use it 10 days a year for the next 3 years. Is there any decent stuff out there that won't break the bank? Thinking $100-$150 for a jacket, $80-$100 for pants, $20-$30 for a base layer, something like that?
Thanks in advance for helping a fella out!
Oh, and if anyone knows good brands available in Germany.....Otherwise REI ships to Germany but it's not cheap :)