TRY SOMETHING NEW
Take any and all help you can get. With skishoeing, use poles to take longer strides and stabilize yourself on slopes, and apply wax to keep slushy snow from sticking.
READ THE DIRECTIONS.
Understand your equipment—and any accoutrements—before heading out. Practice switching out crampons and skins at home first.
Opt for gentle trails and familiar terrain. You’ll need room for error as you figure out the technique.
Find a patient partner. Failing is easier with a good friend in tow.
KEEP YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR.
Don’t take yourself too seriously. A misadventure is still an adventure.