I once unintentionally skied off the side of a mountain going in the wrong direction from any lift, BIG storm, white out conditions and good turns. It happens.
By the time we figured ot where we were and started hiking...not skinning mind you but hiking uphill on skis it was getting dark. We were cold, wet and with literally nothing but the clothes on out backs to get us throught the 2000 vert hike and back to where we could ski down to a parking lot/road/lift and some creature comforts.
Didn't take for ever but ti did take a while. Thankfull we didn't spend a night out. Just a good portion of the evening and early morning getting back to the top of the hiull and back inside the area boundry.
This was 1983 or 84 iirc. I remember distinctly thinking I was really, REALLY happy my partner was wearing a rather natty, single color, one piece zip together jacket and pants made of a hard faced wool/lycra blend. It breathed well, dried quickly and was warm while we were moving. It was made by Bogner and likely cost more than everything I had on that day including my skis and boots.
I have access to the very best clothing in the indoor industry today. Few fabrics better Boigner's choices from the '80s today let alone equal them.
And when you do find the best in the outdoor industry today using similar quality fabrics...the price is generally similar.
Arcteryx, Patagonia, Westcomb, Norrona are just a few of the technical clothing brands available today.
Deadbird or Patagucci to someone who may not appreciate the advantages of the newest fabrics, technical design advancements or the price.
Seriously what is not to like :)
Edited by Dane - 10/14/13 at 12:46pm