You ain't kidding!
I can't imagine what winters are like up there. I'm fortunate enough to be able to ride year round. My office mate thinks I'm insane, but meh. Alpinestars Radiant gloves kept my fingers warm in freezing weather. They're the first and only pair of gloves that has ever kept my hands warm in the winter, and I'd highly recommend them.
Boots were tricky. I ended up trying on several pairs before I found some that fit. they were a bit tight at first, but have broken in perfectly.
I'm in the market for pants, now. I can't seem to find a pair that fits well when I sit on my bike. womens pant seem to bunch up in the front or otherwise feel super-awkward when I lean over the tank. I may just end up with mens pants, but they leave an big (potential crack-showing) gap in the back when I lean forward.