[This message has been edited by johnfmh (edited 10-28-2002).]
As far as exactly what skis, bindings and boots to get, well, you are going to have to decide what you want to use the skis for. Is it important for your equipment to be light, or are you interested in doing backcountry turns? You probably want to get "waxless" skis to avoid the technical difficulties in applying grip wax to your skis, but even with waxless skis there is a large variety of skis to choose from. Boots range from heavy duty leather (Asolo Snowfield being the most popular) to newer light weight plastics (the Garmont Exursion is a popular touring boot that White Grass carries). You have a choice of bindings also: traditional three pin, New Nordic Norm backcountry, and cable.
To sort all this out, just rent from White Grass and talk to the staff and other skiers. Looks like snow up there this weekend, although they will not open for business until December 1 or so.
You answered my questions. I'll go ahead and rent this year. Thanks again.