I had never skied before, so I took a 3-day lesson at Buttermilk 2 years ago. I was able to progress from Level 1 to 3. This year I took another 3-day lesson at Steamboat and progressed to a strong Level 4/weak Level 5. I can easily do green runs and do well with easy blue runs. I stay parallel most of the time, but not 100% of the time and my stance is still a little wider than I would like.
Unfortunately I live in the midwest and skiing is expensive, so realistically I'll be doing one-week ski trips once a year or once every 2 years. I would really like to get my own pair of boots so I know they will fit properly. I will probably never buy my own skis unless I move closer to the mountains.
I'm a 36-year-old male, 5'11, 165 lbs, size 9.5 shoe, narrow foot.
Internet research tells me I need an 80-90 flex boot with a 98-100 forefoot width.
The problem is that most beginner-intermediate boots have wider forefoot widths (>102).
Cost is not necessarily a factor (although I'd obviously like to avoid spending a fortune).