By way of background I'm mid 30s and have only been skiing a handful of times - all at Snowbird. I seemed to pick it up pretty quickly and by the end of my first day on skis I was comfortable on the black diamond runs. Needless to say I'm completely hooked! To date I've rented all my equip and now am looking to buy.
My question is what 'level' equipment should I be looking at - I'm clearly a 'beginner' but don't want to buy equipment that I'll need to replace quickly. Nor am I fool enough to think I should be buying advanced / expert type equipment, either. So are there 'intermediate' range boots / skis (both in function and price) that might suit my needs? Thx in advance for any advice.