ZypherYou don't need overly expensive and crazy shit to survive the PNW. On my legs, I wear 20k pants (iNi pants that are some old model I got for 70 bucks) and the armada contra 3/4 pant. Thats enough to keep me warm when the weather hits 0 and a bit below. If im freezing my ass off, i throw some light sweatpants on top of my contras and i'm good for the day.
As for everything else, its always the same. Sometimes a base layer, T shirt, cheep ass puffy or hoodie, and an old Arcteryx gore-tex pro shell. For when its not raining or snowing, I just throw the jacket in my pack or car and shred as is.
I ski 45+ days a year and honestly have never had a problem with my setup. Your layers matter but whats on the outside (pants and jacket) matter the most because that's what keeps you dry. Insulation doesn't matter if you're soaking wet.
Ummmm insulation matters ESPECIALLY when you're soaking wet hahaha.
I agree no need for the most up to date stuff, but I don't do down or cotton because of the issues when wet. Wool, primarily, polartec, 20k+ shells only for me. And my layers are all 5+ years old... because their performance doesn't really decrease with age.
If you're just staying inbounds then it doesn't matter too much what you wear cause the lodge and car are right tgere