I've just moved from the east coast to the Wasatch for the upcoming season, working at a resort. I've never skied before, and I plan on making the most of my time here (and mountain benefits). Basically, I've devised a way to be able to hit the snow for at least 45 minutes a day, so I can technically get a good 100-120 days if I'm determined enough.
Being out in Utah early means lots of sales on last year's models. I found a really well-fitting pair of Salomons for $250. They're an 80 flex, which seems like it'll work for beginner-intermediate. However, they're also AT boots. I don't have a use for that feature now, and probably won't have a use for it at all this season. Assuming I'd like to get into more backcountry skiing, would making an AT purchase now be a smart move (especially with an 80 flex)? I was told they'll work fine with normal all-mountain skiing, so really I'm looking at the cost/benefit here.
Short version: is it dumb to spend money as a noob on what looks like a killer deal on AT boots, even if they can go all-mountain?