I assume you are planning to use this for some skiing and other outdoors photos. If so, you might want to look at a DSLR with good weather sealing.
I'm a Canon fan also. I've used them for many years but I just decided to get an Olympus E-1 due to a professional type build and great weather sealing at about 1/3 the price of a Canon or Nikon. There are a few drawbacks. One is more noise at 800 ISO or more (not a problem for skiing) and its only 5 MP.
The 5 MP is not the big deal it might seem to be. I've done some thorough research and most users seem to believe that there is not much difference in picture quality between the E-1 and some of the more popular 8 MP SLRs. The E-1 fans seem to think that it has more accurate colors and the mid-range Olympus lenses are very very sharp and a bit smaller than most other brands.
You can read extensive reviews of the E-1 at The Luminous Landscape
,at DP Reviews
, and HERE
. It is a few years old and a newer model is supposed to replace it next spring, so there has been a big rush for these at ridiculous prices on eBay recently for ~$650-$750 new.
I actually just picked up 2 of them, but haven't really gotten to use them yet (one has not arrived yet). All I can say is that the E-1 seems very well made and should be a real pleasure to use in a raging blizzard and without having to worry about damaging the expensive CCD and components.
I bought the 2nd SLR body only because it came with several lenses and accessories that I wanted. I'll probably sell that body for ~$450 after I get it. It's allegedly been used only twice for about 50 shots. If you put a superb, fast 2.8 14-54mm
(28-108mm equivalent) weather sealed Olympus Zuiko lens on that ($430 new), you'll have a very nice, rugged camera that you can take great shots with anywhere for under $900, and will probably be a bit smaller and lighter than most other DSLR's as well. The ergonomics of this camera are outstanding and you can operate it pretty easily even with gloves on.
If you have any interest in my extra E-1 body, let me know.
BTW - Lots of fanatical E-1 fans over HERE