So, I recently moved from Texas to Massachusetts and have gotten into skiing. I went a few times this past season and really enjoyed it. All of these places where around the Boston area as since I was just starting, I didn't want to go far/spend lots of $$$ in case I hated it. This snow thing is pretty knew to me.
Anyway, that's not the point here. Basically I found that renting skis from different places was not for me. There were too many inconsistencies between gear at each places I went. I specifically recall my very first time skiing where the skis were quite heavy (as compared to other places and their skis) and I had a problem with one ski where my boot kept popping out while on turns.....not the best way to set out learning to ski. Well after a winter of skiing on rentals, I've decided to buy my own. I found that I can comfortably ski of blues here in NE (for whatever that's worth...since these aren't real mountains here).
My issue is that I'm still new to this sport and after researching for quite a while, I think I've pretty much decided on twin tip skiis (particularly, the k2 silencer). My thinking behind this is that seems like it might be a good "all round" kinda of ski. I want to learn to do tricks (and think I will begin trying these next season). I also want a ski that's wide to keep speed down and should I ever want to take a trip west, I want something that would be decent for those ski conditions.
So I'm wondering if a twin tip ski would be a good ski for someone who:
1. will ski mostly in New England (seems mostly to be on ice)
2. still new to the sport....only one season under the belt
3. wants to learn to do tricks, but may not right right away....basically looking for a good ski to grow into for a few years
4. will work for ski conditions in the west.
So any help on this would be much appreciate. While there seems to be tons of info out there on how to size skis etc, I haven't found much that can help beginners pick skis that will allow them to try multiple areas of skiis (ie, tricks, basics, downhill racing etc.) So based on what I can find, the mentioned k2's seem to be a good one for me.
Also, what should I look for in bindings? There doesn't seem to be a lot of info that talks about bindings, however they can range in price from $100-$400 and possibly more. So what makes one more expensive than the other?