Is the North Face outlet still in Wrentham? (Outlet Hell at the junction of I-495 and 1A about 30 minutes from Bridgewater) You should be able to pick up a 2-layer Gore-Tex Mountain Lite shell there for about $200. I own one and it's still in perfect shape after a couple hundred ski days and I'm not particularly careful with it. That shell with a heavy fleece (with armpit zips) and a polypro inner layer should see you to -15F. Gore-stopper in the fleece works really well on windy days.
As everybody says:
Vents with zippers are really important. I prefer armpit zips but there are other systems that work well, too. You want the vent zips in your fleece to be in the same spot as on your shell.
I can't imagine owning anything without a hood.
I can't imagine owning anything without velcro tighteners on the wrists.
I can't imagine owning anything that doesn't have some sort of inner powder cuff around the waist.
Personally, I think the Mountain Equipment Co-Op is one of the best places to find Gore shells. It's a Canadian outfitter but you can order stuff over the internet. I picked up a 3-layer Gore-Tex XCR Anorak for $310 CDN. That's about $200 US dollars. Gore-Tex is a US-made material and with NAFTA, there shouldn't be any duty on clothing made in Canada.MEC shells