padded shorts, wrist guards, elbow, and knee pads. Shin guards if you ever start doing rails. You'll still be a bit sore if you fall (more likely when you're driving back down the mountain vs. when it actually happens), but the pads are definitely worth it. The only pads that may cost you a bit are the butt pads, but you could probably find a good deal if you search online or wait for the end of season clearance some retail stores have. I just use skate pads for the elbow, wrist, and knees and retail stores like Big 5, Sports Authority, Dick's Sporting Goods, etc. usually have like an all in one set for the elbow, wrist, and knees for like $20-$30.
OH AND HELMET too! It saved me a number of times, very important to me.
Last edited by GrapeDrink; 03-02-2009 at 01:05 PM.