Have you taken lessons or attended any clinics? If your desire is to improve your technique and skill level perhaps investing in proper training will help you advance much quicker than equipment. Any boot with a 6 flex rating is too soft for aggressive or moderately aggressive skiing. The biggest improvements in skill level for me personally happen in three ways. 1. proper coaching 2. skiing with more advanced skiers 3. skiing on terrain somewhat more difficult than I am comfortable with and mastering it before moving onto to even more difficult terrain. Unfortunately, in SoCal, there are no longer any good ski shops with qualified personel to help with equipment selection. the only good ski shop, with a decent boot fitter, in SoCal is Hansens in Encintas and they are only a ski shop from November to March. The Big Bear shops are all snowboard focused and are really no help when it comes to ski equipment. If you can; I would return the equipment you purchased and invest all the money into a good pair of boots and spend next season demoing and getting trained, unfortunately, the only access to good demo equipment will be in Mammoth or Tahoe. I realize this information might be hard to swollow but after 90 or so days of skiing (calculated by the numbers you gave) and assuming you have had the desire to improve, you should be farther along skill wise and completely bored with SoCal terrain, although this year we have had excellent off piste and out of patrolled area opportunities, especially at Snow Valley. The skiis you purchased will likely be just fine, it is the soft boot you should be concerned about. For good equipment advice you can call Start Haus in Truckee, CA, ask for Jim, there are two Jims, both are super helpful.