One of the issues brought up in the current thread as to why some accomplished skiers stop skiing, is the discomfort of being cold. Note that thread might have been better posed using "multi season experienced skiers" instead of "accomplished" because there are of course many long time lower skilled intermediates skiers that also quite enjoy the sport.
That led me to reflect on cold issues when skiing and that it is indeed part of reasons many adults probably eventually stop taking skiing trips particularly those less experienced, not yet accomplished
skiers. Part of the PITA syndrome. Of course all we experienced skiers have known friends and acquaintences that are "fair weather skiers". As soon as foul weather occurs on a ski day, many are quick to exit to base facilities, especially food service areas of lodges making it difficult for those coming in for lunch to find seating. And it isn't just snow falling that can keep them at lodges but also cold temperatures. Even on sunny days not a few avoid riding lifts until later morning temperatures rise a bit.
So how big an issue is being cold while out on slopes skiing? What can individuals do and what can resorts do to make it less an issue?
Most of we experienced dedicated skiers and boarders have long since figured out how to dress, so it is usually not much a negative factor. However I have always seen significant numbers of snow enthusiasts on lifts that from my own perspective on cold days are woefully under dressed. I'm thinking they have to be miserable and will be quick to bail. Minor numbers may simply have a higher resistance to feeling unpleasant from cold and are comfortable. That is particularly the case with those with stockier builds than thin builds. But what about the rest or once temps dip lower than even their thresholds?
Classic is the person wearing some expensive stylish gear appropriate for spring skiing but not for mid winter. Like no headgear, cool sunglasses, lightweight jacket, pants etc. I'm a thin wiry small guy. Am standing next to them in a lift maze, looking at them while I'm wearing goggles, expedition weight balaclava, extra warm thinsulate gloves, ski parka shell, and enough warm layers that the core is never an issue. Or sometimes helmet, goggles, neoprene chin facemask. And if it gets cold enough neoprene boot gloves. When I'm descending slopes at speed with temps below 25F degrees, I do not want ANY EXPOSED SKIN areas even tiny chinks in my armor period.
Of course having warm enough gear can cost more money. However any of the above items though maybe not stylish can be had inexpensively. The real issue is there are many resort visitors especially those with less experience that are unfamiliar with weather or how cold it might be or how to dress in cold conditions. And then there are many others who are familiar with how cold it might be but are so inflexible about dressing adequately in order to be comfortable to the extent, given a choice will simply avoid being out on slopes and join the lodge crowd.
One thing I'd like to see resorts do is provide small warm buildings aka "huts" right on ski slopes, at tops of some lifts, where skiers could go into briefly while holding onto their equipment inside just to warm up a bit. During stormy days with lifts off loading on ridgelines with howling cold winds that would make a HUGE difference.