Now begins a great time for winter gear bargains -- PolarTec long johns, &c
Many helpful item are discounted as much as 50%, a few even more.
PolarTec, PolarMax, and polyester fleece long johns are great for really cold days. (I sometimes wear two layers whenever it's at or below zero F.). A couple years ago, I got some XC Rossignol skis, poles, bindings and boots (boots and bindings must be matched to be compatible) and some Tubbs snowshoes all at half-price or below.