Plan to Take A Lesson!!
First of all if you have never been on snow before or have only given it a try once or twice the single best advice is to TAKE A LESSON from a professional. Every Resort offers all sorts of group or private lesson packages to fit your schedule. Getting instruction from a professional will not only teach you how to ski or snowboard properly and quickly but will also familiarize you with the ski or snowboard equipment, different types of ski lifts you will be using and where to or where not to be skiing or boarding at the Resort. Phone or go online and get information in advance of your arrival to book a lesson or find out lesson times.