I just purchased a new pair of skis that will be used 95%+ percent of the time for lift serviced terrain. If the weather treats us right this winter here in the Northeast, they will spend their time off the groomers. My plan had been to put a pair of normal bindings on them but a friend of mine is trying to convince me to spend the extra money and get an AT setup. I recently purchased new boots so the bindings would need to be compatible with traditional alpine boots. Does it make sense to consider an AT binding or should I just stick with the original plan? If there are AT bindings that I should consider, which ones.
About me: I'm 5' 9" and 155lbs. I want to spend more time in the backcountry but with three preteens and season passes we'll be spending the majority of our 30-40 days at the resort. Realistically, a few days of backcountry a year would be a good year.