I found Epicski.com just in time to make arrangements to join the 2011 Gathering in Summit County. One of the advertisers at the time was Beardski, and I was feeling silly. So I bought one (dark brown beard, although the white Hoth one was tempting...). Been wearing it ever since (slight mishap notwithstanding, see below).
As a conversation starter, it is without peer: no piece of gear I own breaks the ice among strangers on the hill like the Beard. I'm actually an ornery, private individual, but I enjoy making a shivering fellow fella smile. Life is too short to be grumpy all the time. Even some of my fellow female skiers have donned the Beard, if only out of curiosity (Ah Becky, you shouldn't have chickened out; now you'll never know...).
As a face and neck warmer, this thing is great, better than anything else I have tried. It is warm, accommodates helmet straps, and doesn't fog up my goggles.
I skip the Beard for things like clinics or when I want to focus on communicating on the hill more than warmth. It's not that you can't be heard wearing the Beard, but it's like the the sense of courtesy that drives some of us to take off sunglasses when we are talking to folks. I really am nitpicking here, just trying to think to where I didn't want to wear it. It IS too warm for non-chilly days... Oh, and:
DO NOT put it in the dryer. I did, and had to buy a new one. Putting this in the dryer (there is probably a warning label I ignored), will turn your beautiful faux face-mane into something unwearable, about as useful as a deep-fried Chewbacca. Don't do it.