Find a Ski Resort with Beginner TerrainWhile most ski resorts offer trails for beginners, there's no need to head out to an expert ski resort for your first time skiing - if you have a local ski resort, it's probably fine. As long as the resort has plenty of terrain that's suitable for beginners, your first time skiing should be enjoyable.
Raid Your Closet Before You Buy New ClothesThere's no need for expensive, fancy ski clothes for your first time skiing. As long as you have a turtleneck, a sweater or a fleece jacket, and some kind of insulating pants (no denim, though) to wear under a winter jacket and waterproof snow pants, you should be warm enough. A pair of winter gloves is a good idea, too. When you know you like skiing, you can upgrade your wardrobe.
Get Lift TicketsBefore you go skiing, you will need a lift ticket. A lift ticket provides you with access to the mountain and to the ski lifts. Lift ticket prices vary. Discounted lift tickets are typically available for off-peak times - mid-week and early or late season. In addition, many resorts offer discounts for children, teens, and senior skiers.
Rent Skis and BootsYour skiing experience will be better if you rent skis and boots instead of borrowing a friend's old pair of dated skis or boots. Even if you have a pair of old skis or boots, learning to ski on a modern pair of skis is not only safer than skiing on old skis, but, it will help you progress faster.
Take a LessonEven if your friends ski and want to teach you, investing in a ski lesson is necessary. You'll get started off with a good basis of ski knowledge, and with continued lessons, you'll be a great skier before you know it. Make sure to specify that you are a beginner skier with no (or little) experience on the slopes.
Stay Hydrated and Get a SnackBecause you're working new muscles, it's easy to get tired. Stopping to get a drink or a snack is very important for your safety.