*sigh* sorry, I don't have much to add, but I'm jealous! It's November and here in Az we are still in the upper 70's/ mid 80's. I only have to wear a light sweater in the morning when it's like 60! Have fun in your coldness.
I live in NC, its not terribly cold but we do get snow. I love silk thermals - pants, shirt, socks and glove liners. I bought mine from LandsEnds for a ski trip last year and it worked wonders. Plus silk is very light weight so you don't lose mobility. I feel claustrophobic very quickly if my clothes are so layered and compact that I can't move freely. The main thing is to keep you core warm, so I also have a winter vest.
There was a question about hand warmth and I have the perfect solution. I'm from eastern Ontario and it tends to get fairly chilly up here. Every year I buy a box of basicaly hot packs/glove warmers and toe inserts for the days that are really freezing. I can't remember the specific name right now but its something like "Little Hotties". They come in boxes of 40 pairs and I have an entire drawer full in my tack locker. They save my life every time its cold out! Also, I just broke down and ordered a pair of Mountain Horse Stella Polaris boots - from what I can see these have the best reviews - give me a few weeks and I'll let you know. :) Posted via Mobile Device
I love love love my tall winter boots from Ariat. I have 2 pairs, one given to me free becasue the lady thought they were worn out, one that I got for less than half price, barely used. Look on e-bay, or at used tack stores, but find a pair of winter tall boots, they make a huge difference.
I wear soccer socks or ski socks under the tall boots.
I warm the bit up in the sink with warm water rather than using my hands because if I use my hands then my hands are freezing. Friends fill a sock with rice and pop it in the microwave before they leave for the barn, and then pack that around the bit to warm it up.
You could also do that and put a pair of those in your pockets to keep hands warm whil tacking up.
My tip for keeping your hands warm is to keep your wrists warm. I think most people don't think about the fact that your wrists don't get a lot of coverage since it's where your sleeve and glove meet and movement keeps them from stay covered. Someone told me a long time ago that if you keep your wrists warm your hands will stay warmer, and I've found that to be very true. So maybe buy some sweat bands for around the wrists or get a pair of gloves that has a long cuff that will cover the wrists. Also, mittens are good because then all of your fingers are together helping to keep each other warm.
Lots of layers! And hot hands and their toe warmers work very well too. I don't like to layer my socks because if you put on too many layers you'll start to cut off circulation and make your feet even colder! Even in the winter I tend to go gloveless as well, but I lived in South Texas at the time. XD This year I'll be in Maryland for a bit before going down to South Carolina so I'd like to invest in some good winter riding gloves, I think.