Description of myself:
-Started skiing the second half of last season, and picked it up pretty quickly. Based on charts of skiing ability, I'm somewhere between 5 and 6, depending on the chart.
-Will be skiing almost exclusively at Bogus Basin in Boise, ID.
-Based on asking online, and talking to locals, it sounds like I should look at around 95mm waist width for the best versatility (95-100mm is what I'm hearing).
-Skis used: Only the Rossignol Flash IRS rentals (172cm length, 72cm waist width).
-Looking for a good all-rounder ski to grow into, and will offer a wide range of versatility (not looking to buy two sets of skis for this season). Would like to be able to explore the entire mountain as I work up my ability (I plan on hitting it even harder this year).
-Hoping not to spend more than $300 on skis + bindings, since I don't have an opportunity to try-before-I-buy currently (though obviously lower is better).
I've looked around, and it looks like the Salomon Q98 can be picked up for around my price range (demo skis on eBay), but from what I've read they aren't the greatest when moving quick down groomed runs.
Any other recommendations?
P.S. (Obligatory comment: Yes, boots matter more. When the local ski shops open in September, I'll go to the best one (Greenwood's Ski Haus) and ignore prices, and just go with what fits best).