After a few years of suffering through painful hired ski boots that don't fit properly I've finally decided to take the plunge and get my own pair that actually fit comfortably. I have a wide foot base which makes hired ski boots quite uncomfortable. I ended up going to a professional boot fitting shop and after some time trying on various pairs of boots we settled on a pair of Head Vector 110's complete with custom made insoles. Price I paid was fairly high, $720 for the boots and $220 for the custom insoles. Being in Australia our prices are expensive compared with USA however I didn't want to abandon the shop and import them myself since it wouldn't be fair to the shop as we spent around 2 hours getting the right boot and fitting. I was thinking of just hiring the ski's up on the mountain, but since I'm already halfway I might as well get a good pair of ski's to go along with it.
Now a little bit about my skiing experience. I've probably been about 4-5 seasons and each season between 2-5 days. In Australia our mountains are fairly limited and each trip is fairly expensive so I haven't actually been able to go as much as I would have liked to. I can ski black runs ok, however black runs with mogels is sort of my weakness. I haven't tried any terrain park yet apart from a few small jumps so my focus in skis is probably still going to be primarily for the slopes.
I'm 19 years old, and by this years snow season (mid June/July) I should be around 78kg or so (83kg now). I'm 173cm tall, active gym goer so I'm fairly strong.
My budget is probably up to around $1,300 for ski's/bindings but if there something amazing just a bit over that I guess I could stretch my budget if needed. I'll be looking at buying from USA and getting them shipped to Australia. I've been told All-Mountain ski's are the way to go but I'm open to different opinions. Although I like to ski fast, I do prefer shorter ski's as it feels snappier, more responsive and easier to turn. I also need a ski bag, boot bag and some ski poles.
What recommendations would you give me (including ski's, ski height, etc)? Thanks.