Background: 45 y/o, 6'1" 195#. Skied mabye 20 times from age 15-18, then never again until moved to the PNW 4 years ago. Over the last 3 winters have managed 20-30 days/winter, and have moved from approx. level 4 to 7 (hard to tell - from perusing the multiple "what level am I" threads that would be my best guess). Toward the end of last year spent most of my time up and down the Northway chair at Crystal (mostly black diamond) and doing fairly well. I bought my own boots and put intuition liners in them half way through my first winter (WHAT a difference), but as of now I am still getting season rentals on the skis. Don't remember the exact model - they are some all mountain shaped Heads (get them at Sturtevants). I am considering buying my own skis this year, and believe it or not my question is not "what ski", but rather whether I really should buy at this point. I feel that I am fairly rapidly improving, and if I bought skis for my current ability would I need to replace them in a couple of years? Would it be better to wait a year or two and see where I "level off." BTW season rentals are about $150 if I remember correctly.