Hi all, I need some introductory advice to get me started into cross country skiing. I only skied once in Colorado, but it was fun and the black trail wasn't too scary for me: I loved the speed. I moved to Michigan about 3 years ago from a much warmer city and I have been miserable until this summer when I discovered mountain biking. Biking has been great but obviously you can't bike here for about half a year until April. So I am doing some research to get into cross country skiing so I'll have some quality outdoors time when the snow falls and shuts everything off.
My questions are pretty basic. What equipments are absolutely needed? Like snow pants, goggles etc? Should I start buying them now, if they are cheaper off-season? And should I buy online or in a local store? Also I'd appreciate if anyone has some good starter articles for me to read about.