The Bootfitter Gods will tell you that your toes should be sorta smashed a bit.
Until you put the boot in the binding and flex forward on the skis. Then your toes
should juuuuuuust be touching the front of the boot, maybe even a little smashed.
When the liners pack out a bit, they should be perfect. But if you had a bootfitter, and s/he
was good, I'd trust them.
Marathoner and hockey? I would think your skiing would improve really, really, really fast.
Marathon for aerobic capacity, hockey for explosive movements and balance.
The hockey stop on skis should be a breeze. Ha.
My prediction is that you will get really, really, really bored with hill skiing, really fast.
Then you'll start looking at how close real mountains are to airports. Then you'll figure out that you can UPS your
clothes ahead of you and take your boots as your carry-on. Then rent skis.
If I had your natural level of fitness and endurance, I'd be looking to skip entry to mid-level skis completely.
Pretty much the ski and binding you really want is $1,000. Sorta doesn't matter what the brand is.
My SO loves his Dynastars and he skis almost exclusively on the scary parts of the mountain.
He has friends that are equally enamored of their K2s, Volkls, etc.
I am very fond of rockered skis, others not so much. But as a "return-to-sport" skier, they really helped me
learn fast and get on edge fast. I also took lessons with awesome instructors who insisted on mastering fundamentals.
As a hockey player, edging should come to you easily. Except that you have this really cool sensation of popping
back when you unweight the downhill ski.
Also, remember that you don't cross one ski over the other to turn. In this way skiing is very much unlike hockey.
Also, also...for powder, you'll want something a little wider underfoot than what you'd use just for frontside.
My everyday skis were narrow, then I got put on a rockered 80 in a longer length and the things were a dream to ski.
Rocker skis "shorter", and these held hard and fast in glue, powdery, ice and packed powder. All in the same day.
Some of the menfolk around here can probably chime in with what they love.
Have fun. Ski on mountains. Take lessons.
(ps....I started running again two years ago, then got a nasty ITB issue from, of all things, an elliptical. My trainer rehabbed
me by making me run barefoot on the treadmill. Okay, MRSA anyone? So now I wear Five Fingers. Wow! The insane foot strength
I got improved my skiing, too. Any marathoners moving to minimalist?)