Yes take lessons.
Mt Hood Meadows actually had funny signs last year in the newbie areas near their SLOW signs, which interestingly enough i havent seen this year, that would say something along the effect "Friends dont let friends teach them to ski"
With a good private lesson you will find yourself progressing much much faster.
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