If you are well past the beginner stages, you will probably appreciate upgrading everything.
All the answers to your questions are on this website, do some browsing.
Even tho BA will disagree with me, a waxed base will help you to maintain speed in the flats.
If you aren't super confident about where your abilities meet what you think you are looking at, mellow out your consideration. For example just because you are not going park, a board like an NS Summit or Raptor is just overkill for resort riding, especially if you are inexperienced with gear.
Know what I mean? If you don't then just get yourself a monoski, a hard boot setup, and go eurocarving with the rest of the wierdos.
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