Los Angeles area - H&H Jobbing Co.One thing I haven't understood is overspending on ski pants. $20 will not provide you with adequate wind or water protection, but $200 can be too much, depending if you're willing to buy lower down in a name brand's line or if you're willing to go with an off-brand who uses proprietary technology that is similar to things like Gore-Tex but doesn't carry the hefty cost.
I have two pairs of $90 ski pants - one is made by Rip Curl and is full featured with leg vents, zipped closure, adjustable waist, etc. and one by Five Seasons (whatever that is!) and is a bit more insulated and bulky. Both have been trusty for five seasons save for a few tears in the outer layer only. In my experience, $80-100 can buy you great gear if you know where to look.
No doubt the biggies in the industry - Spyder, Phenix, North Face, Mtn. Hardwear, Marmot, etc. - make great stuff. You're paying for their advertising, though, and can find a similar product for much less if you're willing. Even some of the smaller and lesser-known outdoor brands (Moonstone, Cloudveil, GoLite, etc.) make clothes with the same materials and are priced cheaper than those above. I've been more than happy with mine and shelled out the bucks for the jacket and it's been a good decision.
I also happen to have had a $30 pair Kombi gloves I bought from Costco of all places 10 YEARS AGO! They're torn but still perform and I've never been cold. One of the bettter ski-related purchases.
Look for anything from last year at a shop or check out www.sierratradingpost.com or www.reioutlet.com for great discount gear. Coupons are easily findable online and range from free shipping to 15% off depending on the time of year.