The first couple of times I went with a coworker, who was also a total novice. We sucked!!!
Later I took lessons. The ski area had a deal of three lessons over three consecutive weekends and by the end I was linking turns and cruising blues mostly comfortably.
You could probably learn on your own if you are coordinated, but you'll need to "reinvent the wheel" if you do that. Lessons will cut past a lot of trial and error that people have figured out over the years and get you going sooner.