I'm shopping around for some new boots, and in the process noticed that a particular boot can be classified as a beginner boot and as an intermediate to advanced boot depending on what site or store you frequent. What really dictates a boots designation? I always thought it was the stiffness (flex), the last, and then liner (performance vs. comfort).
For example, The Atomic Live Fit 90, the manufactures website calls it a "perfect boot for the advanced skier looking for comfort" but I have been to websites calling it an intermediate to advanced intermediate, and then to a ski shop that tells me it's a beginners boot.
In the end, I don't really care what it's called as long as it fits properly and performs to my abilities, but in the Chicago area we just don't have demo days available to really try a boot before buying it.