I've started a very similar thread to this a few years ago. But this time I am serious in making a purchase. I'm away for college in the north country and in a week Whiteface/Gore is coming to my school and selling season passes for $280. I am planning on buying that, but along with that I am seriously interested in buying a pair of boots and skis now. I don't have a strict budget at the moment, but as a college student I hope to be getting the best out of my money. I originally plan on spending somewhere around $700 for the set of boots and skis. But will gladly go lower, or higher if I must. I also expect them to last me for the years to come. I am a beginner, been skiing a few times. The last mountain I've been on is Windham and I skied semi-comfortably on the greens. I don't know if Whiteface or Gore will be a good mountain for me to learn on, but the season passes seem like quite a deal. So if anyone could give me recommendations on what I should look into, what I should know, where i should look, whether online or in-stores, exceptional deals, anything related would be great.