I'd been skiing before but never tried boarding before this year.
Before I went bought all the outerwear (special blend pants/jacket), baselayers, fleece etc, Ride Agenda 152, 32-TM2 boots, K2 auto bindings, board lock, stomp pad, leash, ninja mask etc....we're talking everything AND booked a vacation to Big White.
All worked out great for me, only regret is that I never got up to local mountains before heading off to the resort. Due to 1st day bumps bruises day 2 got cut short and day 3 never happened because girlfriend had emergency we had to come back early for.
Ordered all the hardware online through U.S. since Canadian retail prices were/still are ridiculous by comparison, just tried the boots on here and hoped for the best with the rest.
But the gear all in all worked great, just the vacation wasn't planned well.