It’s recommended that you go skiing at least a couple of times before buying any equipment so that you’re sure that you enjoy it and will continue to go in the future. Even if you’re sure you’ll be a regular skier, rent ski equipment before buying it Also, don’t buy something just because it looks good and, if you’re a beginner, don’t rent / buy equipment intended for experts; it will be harder to learn basic techniques using it.
It is always best to learn some skiing basics at a ski school, such as the Baqueira escuela de ski at Baqueira Beret ski resort. They will teach you how to ski properly and they will also teach you what kind of equipment you should use.
There’s a very wide range of skis available; all ability levels and price ranges being catered for. You should look for lightweight ones that offer ease of turning, stability at speed and vibration absorption. Additionally, they should be no longer than the height of your chin as longer ones make it harder to turn.
Buying ski poles will improve your balance, acceleration and speed. For beginner and intermediate skiers, cheap ski poles are often adequate. The benefits of the more technologically advanced materials used in expensive ones only being noticeable to advanced skiers.
A fanny pack / bum bag, can be used to keep personal belongings in whilst skiing and a ski pass holder that you can attach to your clothing is useful too; having one means you won’t have to keep getting out and putting away your ski pass in your pocket / bag.