I can't really give you boot selections, everyone is a critic and has their own opinions. I'm partial to 32's since they've worked for me. Try a bunch of different brands & models, whatever fits you the best and makes you feel comfty is what you should go with. Over the years try some different pairs/styles/brands. Read online, research throughly, try them in person for that brand to know what size to match up for your feet, and go get em.
Also ask about the stiffness rating on the boots, the stiffer the boots the more responsive they will be, the softer the more they will flex. I tend to think softer is a little better for park and stiffer for all mountain. I try to get something around 6-7 on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the stiffest. Last boots I had were real stiff, so I'm trying to tone down and try something different.
However since this is your first time, the main thing that matters should be again, comfort. The rest is just fine detail tuning to what suits you when you get better later when you get the hang of it. I would suggest going with boots 1/2 size larger than what your normal shoe sizes are. If your toes brush or touch the end of the boot then go 1/2 a size bigger, double check them out, and then get em if you're happy with the comfort. If your toes just brush the front of the boot they will likely be sore at the end of the day since the feet can flex in a boot more than people think, these are not ski boots. I bought the same size boots few years back as I wear for shoes and was sore every day at the end of the day winding up peeling a whole toe nail off at the end of the year. Not making the same mistake when I got a new pair this year.
Last edited by Vlaze; 11-14-2008 at 08:08 PM.