Let my constant gear addiction help you start yours.
The more comfortable you are with your gear, the better you will perform.
Main thing for me. I am a pediatric nurse, several years as an English teacher and life-long mountain bum. I spent an obsessive amount of time researching and demoing ski gear.
In my spare time I am on the mountain, be it on planks or wheels.
I'm just 1 hour away from Mt. Baker Ski area. (100mins to whistler)
I have the privilege of the PNW (Pacific Northwest) and its Half Year of Snow Sports. Half year of dirt sport. I am out on the mountain skiing 1-2x a week each season.
Western Washington, this is the place to be. Baker is home, Sasquatch is my neighbor.