let the snow begin is what i should have titled this. after lots of research and emails to friends who simply know more than me, the setup is finally complete... behold.
the skis: K2 COOMBA
the boots: GARMONT RADIUM (make sure you read the great review from chris davenport)
the bindings: DYNAFIT SPEED CLASSIC
the skins: BLACK DIAMOND ASCENSION SKINS
thank you backcountry.com for making this possible and more affordable.
i'll still be paying this setup off for years to come - spend that money!