Come snowfall I'm starting my 3rd season working on the snow, the last two I spent in rental boots which last season was miserable because it was my first season as a lift operator, so I got to spend over 120 days in a pair of Burton progression rentals which I totaled. I need to find a pair of budget friendly boots which will last me for a good long time. The mountain I live and ride on is known for great expert level+ side country and amazing Serria pow. I love riding trees but spend a lot of time on the steeps, cornices and gullies so my instinct is to look for stiff, supportive boots but... I also have to work in these boots, which makes me think softer boots would be a good call because I'm going be in them 9~10hrs a day. I don't want Boa because I've seen too many lifties break them because we're going up ladders, stairs and walking all day, so I'd rather stick with traditional laces. Totally new to the world of boot shopping (never gave them any thought until last season) so any/all input is much appreciated, thanks guys.