It's funny that you talk about the gear, because I've been wondering the same thing. I bought my skis and boots a couple of years ago at skidazzle. Being a newbie, I really was relying on the reccommendation of the salesman and the little bit of research I did. I'm still not sure if I have the right skis, but I know I'm in need of new boots. They have been painful since day one. So, for now, I'm looking for some new boots and maybe next season see about the skis. Thanks for your input. I really appreciate it.
matildah, been following your thread and the encouraging comments from everyone are right on. I read your post about your gear today. Boots that fit you exceptionally well are a major key to good skiing. Especially as a mature skier. In so many ways, and for many reasons, they are your best safety gear and key to a quality ski day with tons of fun.
Next time you are in Tahoe, I encourage you to plan ahead & schedule a boot buying/fitting appointment with one of the outstanding Epic Bootfitters here on Epicski. It will make more difference in your skiing than you could possibly imagine. Boots can be pain free, fit like a glove, and help your skiing.