Not quite a beginner as I grew up skiing 1-2 weeks per year (I'm from Florida but my family has been coming up to Vermont since the 70s). Life happened and I stopped coming up at about 15 or 16. My family never purchased equipment for us when we were kids as we skied so infrequently, so I've never skied on anything other than rental equipment.
Anyway, I'm living in the northeast now and skied five days over Christmas and remembered how much I loved it! I have at least three more trips (2-3 days each) planned for the next month, with hopefully a couple more before the winter is over. Since I'm now living just a couple hours from where I grew up skiing, have friends who also love it, and don't see my situation changing in the foreseeable future, I am thinking it makes sense to invest in my own gear…?
After some obsessive research I have decided to start with a good pair of boots; I'm planning a trip to the Boot Pro in Ludlow at the onset of my trip up this weekend, and then continuing to rent skis poles/helmet for the rest of the season as all my money will be gone. Does anyone have any input on this boot place? Or any others in Ludlow? Am I jumping to purchase boots too soon with only five days on the mountain? Is there any reason why it would be better to wait? Not soon enough with the skis? I'm guessing I'll buy a helmet maybe in a sale at the end of the season and then look at used skis next year once I figure out my ski style more and what skis would work best. Is this reasonable or am I completely missing the mark?
Mod note: moved to Ski Gear