I started skiing two seasons ago (at 25 5'9'' about 160lbs) and have been having a blast and absolutely love it so far. I have also read these forums and have picked up some great tips about everything for a beginner.
I would consider myself an advanced beginner/ low intermediate after about 10-12 days on the slopes. I have only used rental equipment in the past and only skied the Vermont mountains (Stratton, Bromley, Mt. Snow, Okemo) but I will be making a 7 day trip to BC/Vail this December and I am beyond excited.
This season I have thought it would be best to invest in a set of my own boots finally and I am very wanting to advance my skiing and plan on many more days on the mountain and lessons this season. I went to the ski shop I use in Westchester for my season equipment leasing and tried on a few different pairs and sizes and they did a shell fitting and everything although I wouldn't consider it a very advanced boot-fitting experience based on everything I have read here in the past. I ended up choosing a Tecnica Demon 100 Airshell boot at 26.5 size. The fit seemed very snug to tight with my toes firmly against the front when standing upright and just brushing the front when flexed forward, also very little to no movement any where else. I also got a standard footbed that felt more supportive in the arch and heel.
My concern happened when I got home and researched the boot more closely and on the Tecnica and other websites they list the boot as for advanced intermediates-experts. Will this boot be too high performance/flex for my level? Should I look toward the less advanced tecnica airshell boots (Phoenix 12 or Max 10) if the fit is the same? Also any other recommendations for my skill level, I know that fit is most important but I don't want to be out there in a good fitting boot that will be too advanced for me.
Thanks for any help and suggestions!