What fun! Your first snow bunny adventure. A few personal pointers:
RENT your equipment! Don't invest until you are ready to make a commitment to the sport. Resorts have equipment rental right there so it's not a hassle and you can often get a great deal for equipment rental and lessons combined.
GOGGLES: an absolute must for a first-timer. You will spend a fair amount of time falling down so don't risk breaking or losing your good sunglasses! Invest in a great pair of sight saving goggles.
GOOD QUALITY GLOVES: the most important thing to do is to keep your hands and feet dry and warm. Don't skimp here. Get the best quality gloves and glove liners you can afford. Great sales right now! The more comfortable you are the more time you will spend on the slopes having fun!
Check out the awesome ski and snowboard apparel on sale right now. I personally have this adorable Oakley snowboard jacket and I love it! It is toasty warm, very stylish and has TONS of pockets for all my girly goodies. Don't forget the snowboard pants either!
Be sure to wear something warm and adorable for apres ski activities in the lodge. Something that flatters yet keeps you toasty. Same goes for the footwear! This is the absolute perfect time for fleece lined boots! Think toasty and warm.
Have fun!!! You won't be the only first-timer there, so don't worry about anything but having the best time possible. I strongly recommend signing up for ski or snowboard lessons. A few hours of one-on-one training with a professional instructor will make your experience so much more positive! It is definitely worth the cost. Another caution: DON'T let your friend/partner/significant other be the one to give you lessons! Stick with the professionals!
Here are a few links to helpful info regarding snowboarding and skiing:
Have a fabulous time darling!