Originally Posted by cometjo
I think we need more info before we can help. Height? Weight? What sorts of NE conditions do you prefer to ski? How do you feel about ear flaps? Little balls of yarn at the end of a string? Fake dreadlocks, or triangles that look like the back plates of a stegosaurus? Whatever you do be sure to demo as much as you can before you decide.
I'm 6-1, 225lbs and I'll ski in just about any condition. Mostly groomed trails at this point, but want to experiment a little with some piste. If it keeps me warm ear flaps are fine, but my current wool hat is a typical military style watch cap. Not a big fan of the "Little balls of yarn at the end of a string? Fake dreadlocks, or triangles that look like the back plates of a stegosaurus". If they are there, ok, but would prefer something simpler.
I'm not against a helmet, it's just in 23 years of skiing I've never used one so I wasn't looking to start just yet. Doesn't mean I won't though.