FWIW, a buddy of mine (happy terminal intermediate) got some Crossfires and likes them a lot, I note that they seem to allow a lot of different, ah, styles. Like all K2's, very damp and tolerant. OTOH, they don't seem to be ice skates. And in your part of the world, you might want to end up on a carver that can grip pretty hard when you need it to, but still tolerates a bit of new snow from time to time. Personally, I have found the Blizzard mid-70's carvers to fit that bill. Skis like the 7.4 and 7.6 Magnum are versatile, forgiving enough, but will grow with you. They can be had at very nice prices online right now, since apparently Blizzard is giving up on carvers between 68 and 80 mm in the New World. Also, keep in mind that you can find decent one season old demos right now for about 50% of the price of a new pair, try Fleabay, and after a couple of seasons, ditch them for a pair of new ones. Bizzards mentioned, and some of the Rossignols like the 76 Avenger Ti or the 76 Aramide are considerations.
Boots, well it's all been said higher up.
Besides hanging out here, suggest you join Real Skiers if you're serious about sticking with the sport; lot of great info for people coming in to skiing, not just on skis, but trends, boots, and so on. Also tends to be biased toward frontside skiing, which is not a bad thing for you and where you ski.