Hi, all. It's time to buy my own alpine gear, and I know the first thing I need are the best boots I can afford on my modest civil-servant salary. My question is whether, aside from probably spending more on 'expert' boots than I would on intermediate gear, is there any downside to skiing the higher-end boot?
This is probably way too much info, so skip around as you wish:
10 years ago I was advanced intermediate skier who stayed on harder blues and focused on skiing well at speed, but then injury, illness, and insane jobs kept me away from the fun. Since last March I've gone from rank beginner to middling intermediate (amazing what thrashing about in almost every imaginable kind of weather and conditions can do). I'll likely be an advanced intermediate by the end of the season if I can stop messing around long enough to take a couple lessons. I'm excitable, still pretty aggressive, and want to ski better in a variety of terrain.
Wally at Alta's Deep Powder House recommended I try Rossi Electra 90s and Salomon Idol Origins to assure us (OK, me) that they're the right stuff before I commit. On Wednesday I spent half a day on the Electras with Volkl Kenjas, which was a total trip. The Electras fit the way Wally said they're supposed to, snug but no hot spots or arch pain and actually communicated with my boots. After just 3 hours I was giddy even though my quads and calves were all gumby and on fire. I'm guessing that's a good thing.
But then I get online and find out that all this is considered 'expert' gear. But do I need expert gear? Do I want it in case I by chance become an expert? And what is an expert, anyway? Or should should I bring this up with my therapist instead of The Boot Guys?