Hey Dr. Hockey!
For your first set of skis, the Rossignol Experience 78's would be a decent choice. They've got a bit of early rise to make initiating turns easier, and use a wood core with cap construction to keep a soft but stable flex. All in all, a solid choice. The one thing to point out is that starting on a 78mm waist might be a bit tricky. All things considered, 78mm isn't too wide, but there are a couple of other options available that are a bit narrower that could make the learning curve a little less steep.
First, there's the Rossignol Experience 74. Obviously these are going to be extremely similar to the 78's just a touch narrower to make turning a bit easier. You still get the wood core, early rise tip, and cap construction. These would be the best choice if you're looking to save some money, and make turning a little bit easier.
The other ski I'd like to mention is the Rossignol Avenger 72. This skis is similar to the other two Rossi's mentioned, but the big difference is that it's a full cambered ski, and doesn't have tip rocker. It's also 2mm narrower. I'm throwing this ski in the mix because it'd be a great choice if you see yourself developing as more of a frontside carver skier as opposed to a more freeride/off-piste skier. The slightly narrower waist and full camber profile will help you learn how to lay into a carve a little bit easier than the other two.
As for boots, Max Capacity is right about the value of a good boot fitter, but I'm not so sure that you need that yet. In all honesty, a lot of beginner level boots are similar in their flex, features, and durability. Going to a boot fitter with beginner boots may be a bit unnecessary, especially if you plan to develop your skills over the next few years. In my opinion, a trip to a boot fitter could wait a couple of seasons. With that said, if you find yourself having specific issues when you try on ski boots, then it might be a worth a trip after all. There certainly are some people who have very difficult feet to fit.
One last thing I want to mention- We happen to have the Experience 78, Experience 74, and Avenger 72 all available as complete packages including skis, bindings, boots, and poles over on our website!
Anyways, hope this helps!
Matt @ Skiessentials.com