Find a ski lodge or ski slope around you that offers lessons that you can sign up for.
Until you find your legs, rent. After that, and you're much more dedicated, then buy your own equipment.
This will take some time. Make sure that you work with someone that is a professional, though, and that has a lot of experience.
These are great for camaraderie, and learning from others. Join at least one; the experience will do you good!
Professionals should help you find the right ones.
Always look the pole over carefully, making sure there are no cracks or wear and tear. Buying new is best.
Be sure to get some good advice from a professional to ensure you buy the right ones for the skis you have purchased.
These should be cheeked before every run.
Pick the right kind for the type of skiing you will do, and have a professional check to ensure it fits properly.
Insulation and warmth are a big deal on the slopes. and the proper clothing can be the difference betwixt life and death
Warmth is definitely a big deal to help keep your fingers sensitive, so pick some really good gloves.
These can't be too bulky; as you still need to be able to maneuver in them.
To cover your eyes from glare and prevent frostbite.
A cell phone will definitely come in handy if you fall down, and can't get up.
Something as simple as a granola bar or trail mix, stuck in a pocket will be great if it's needed.
Most people wouldn't think of this; but you still do get burnt from the sun when skiing.
At the very least, have a photo ID, and a health insurance card on you at all times.
Simple stuff such as a couple of Ace bandages, and a few bandaids would do fine; just put them in a pocket.
For cross-country trips that are not on laid out trails, be sure to take some sort of map or compass to get to your destination.
If you're going to try a new slope, others will know and have an idea when to expect you back.
Be sure to get some water every time you come back between runs; your body will thank you!
Cell phones, two-way radios and the like are great for long cross-country skiing trips; it's easier to stay together.
Each and every time you use your equipment, check it to ensure that there are no problems with it.
Know when enough is enough, and don't go out.
Decide when to stop and start searching for someone if they don't appear at the time everyone thinks that they should; or if the weather suddenly turns bad.
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