YOU CAN NOT USE ALPINE BOOTS WITH TELEMARK GEAR! Yes any skis will work (I skiied invaders last year, mounted center, they were a blast), and haveing a background in alpine skiing won't help you learn how to telemark. It so much fun bro. Stick with it. I have never clicked into an alpine ski in my life, and I'm so happy with my choice.
When did I say that?
I belive I said something more along the lines of, "Yah, it sucks that I can't nose butter. It would be fun to try them on sometime."