I am moving to SLC, UT at the end of this year where I will be transferring to a job at the University of Utah. I plan on being a season pass holder to The Canyons and will try to ski at least once a week through two winter seasons. I was out there visiting friends last year and skied for the first time in 10 years. I would say by the end of the second day I regained most of my "skills" and would consider myself as an intermediate skier, as I was skiing many single diamonds at The Canyons and Deer Valley, but nothing off piste. I believe for the first season I will be skiing mostly blues and single blacks with not much off-piste, focusing on my technique while skiing with my girlfriend who is a beginner/intermediate and likely taking lessons. I hope to make good progression so that I can do some tree skiing in the second season. I am looking for you all to give me advice for a protocol to follow to find the best boot/ski options out there. I am 5'10", 175lbs, athletic, can ski forever (thank you mountain biking). I don't know if I should demo skis when the season starts or buy in the off-season where everything is cheapo.