Congratulations on wanting to take the next step!
What's your budget? How many days per year do you plan to ski and where? Have you demoed any gear?
Have you been to a place like Emilio's
Generally, boots are your first and most important purchase. A lot of times this is done separately, but you may be able to get better deal buying a package. But you're going to want to try boots on and get them from a place nearby so that you can have them worked on if they need work. Most skiers can at least benefit from a custom footbed (to replace the standard boot footbed). These typically need to be tweaked. So, your first task is to find a reputable ski shop near where you travel. If drop by and chat with them about purchasing gear, they should ask you a bunch of questions like those above. Then they can help steer you to the right gear. It's tough to trust sales people. That's why you want a reputable shop. It's tough to know a reputable shop when you're not experienced, but you can learn a lot just by asking questions and comparing answers from a couple of different shops and looking up reputations on the Internet.