the new norm that is working well out west is a lense that lets through about 50% light transmission, but has some type of mirrored finish.
1. 50% light transmission will let enough light through for all but night skiing, in any light condition, while not being overly bright on super sunny days (back east with the lower elevations and generally higher humidity the sun is not as bright as out west - making 50% light transmission pretty sweet almost every day).
2. the mirrored finish reduces glare on really bright days while increasing the contrast between shadows and no shadows in flat light conditions FAR BETTER than a H.I. lense ever will.
be aware of H.I. (high intensity) lenses for all around use. they are VERY bright on bright days.they work great in low level light (ie flatlight). I would buy the highest light transmission lense available with a mirrored finish (i guess this means pink iridium but i'm no oakley freak).
another key consideration when buying high-end goggles: MAKE SURE YOU ARE GETTING A GOGGLE WITH DUAL SPHERICAL LENSES!!!! one thing that is often over-looked is the quality of the optics in the goggles' lenses. the higher the acuity (clarity, or lack of distortion) the lenses have, the better will be your ability to see nuances in terrain, esp. in low level light or at night. make sure both lenses are spherical, not just one.