So here's my situation,
I just bought LINE Soulmate 86s and MARKER Squire bindings to go with them. I just moved to Calgary and I'm looking to take skiing to the next level of difficulty. I've skied in the alpes, and with that got to experience a little bit of off piste skiing just on the sides of the groomed hills. But I am now being drawn into the excitement and challenge of back country skiing. Here's my question for you all:
How should I begin exposing myself to back country skiing? And more specifically is the gear I just bought at all going to work for me? I was thinking of returning the MARKER Squires and buying some Alpine Terrain bindings but I'm not 100% sold on this because it's a lot of work and if I'm just gonna be going slightly off piste into the powder perhaps my MARKERs are good enough. Also I'm looking to buy new ski boots within the $100-200 range so nothing tooo fancy, but again perhaps you all have some recommendations if I want to start moving away from the groomed slopes.
Literally any guidance on my situation would be super helpful and much appreciated. Thanks in advance!