@ham42092, you sound like a confident athlete who wants to learn on his own. But get this: skiing is a technical sport. Expert skiing requires counter-intuitive movement patterns. Gear, as stated above, does not teach you how to ski.
If you find the thought of taking lessons and buying equipment that is appropriate for your current level of skill (beginner/novice/low intermediate), then do due diligence before heading out on those new skis.
Watch instructional videos that are made for beginners; they abound on youtube. These videos will address very fundamental movement patterns which you'll need.
Watch videos of great skiers, which are also easy to find on youtube.
Read a how-to-ski book in a bookstore while drinking a nice cup of coffee.
Skiing's movement patterns are not intuitive. What's intuitive is often dysfunctional; it works for a little while but severely limits your progress to all the fun terrain out there.
Ski often. Practice on easy terrain (not black diamond terrain, please) the things you've absorbed from videos and reading. Practice on easy terrain is boring, but tremendously useful.
Practice on thrilling terrain is pointless; you'll be in survival mode and the adrenalin rush will fool you into thinking you're doing great because you'll be going fast on steep terrain.
Just because someone goes fast doesn't mean they are an expert. Get good at the skills you are building on easy terrain first, then take it up the mountain.
Follow good skiers around, trying to match what they are doing turn-for-turn.
You'll know which skiers are truly good because you watched truly good ones online first.
Get a friend to video you as you ski down to them, past them, and away from them.
Almost everyone finds that they don't look the way they think they do. Video will help you figure out what you need to work on.
Eventually, if you hit roadblocks that you can't figure out on your own, take a lesson.
This will be humbling, or extremely frustrating, because the instructor will take you to the bunny slope and make you do stuff slowly on nearly flat terrain, surrounded by beginners.
But it will be very good for you. Swallow your pride and just do it.
Or start off right and take a lesson with a recommended instructor, build a relationship with that person, and come back to the same person when you hit those roadblocks.
Best of luck in your new endeavor.
Hey, I just reread your original post. Looks like you've got 2 seasons under your belt. Above I was talking as if you were a beginner, because of the thread title. Adjust my advice as you see fit, of course.
Edited by LiquidFeet - 10/12/15 at 8:39am