scope out end-of-season sales, ski swaps, the paper, craigslist... you never know, insanely good deals happen. this year i've been riding a decent burton setup that i found on craigslist for $140. and i just scooped up a burton twin tip park board for $40. maybe i just have a lucky rabbits foot up my ass
lessons are good if you've never been on a board... i dunno firsthand tho, i've always just gone headfirst into things. watching videos can help, even if it just means you are visualizing the mountain and your board. and if you're friends are true comrades and stick by you on your tumbles down the bunnys, make sure to buy them a round afterwards. or roll em an L.
and be careful! shit's addictive. i mean snowboarding. not rollin Ls.