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50KalYou have two options in my opinion for budget set up.
1. Buy someone's older heavier gear (you could get something for a good price). Will most likely be a frame setup.
2. Start hitting up AT rental shops and try and grab AT rental gear as they are swapping out old gear for next year. Still expect to pay 400-800 for a whole set up, but if it's a tech toe setup it will be way way lighter.
Any newer gear will be expensive as hell.
treebeardthe megawatt is not a good touring ski. absurdly wide and only good for the deepest days, it's not something you'll want to lug uphill at all
i'm selling my setup right now: https://www.newschoolers.com/forum/thread/850522/FS--Volkl-Gotama-184cm-AT-setup?#p-13791865
would be willing to go under $300
also, this avy course at your college. is it just a single-day awareness course, or a real AIARE level 1?