Ski season is soon upon us (and already is for some of the Western folks), and here we look at some options for building out your gear and wardrobe. If you’re like a lot of ski-enthusiasts that aren’t quite diehard enough to be thinking of skiing 12 months a year, you probably don’t purchase your gear at the end of the season when the price cuts are the widest and deepest. But rather than paying full price now for all the latest 2010 gear (MSRP of new ski models – without bindings – can easily reach 4 digits), do a little legwork and find last year’s models for almost half the price. While ski technology is always advancing, there is little discernible difference year to year for the recreational skier.In short, skiing has long been seen as a fun, expensive activity. But it doesn’t have to be expensive. Make the right quality investments, and your gear will last for years. Then you just need to figure out at which mountains you’ll be carving it up.