Originally Posted by Notorious Spag
Start off on the right foot and get the lesson.
Originally Posted by slider
You won't be sorry starting out on the right ski.
I'm sorry, this is just tooo tempting...
So, when do we get to the left foot?
Other than the small detail that you probably want to use both feet, the advice to rent appropriate equipment and get a lesson from someone who knows how to teach stands. Some things are similar to your board (you are standing on something that slides and balance is still a Big Deal), and some things are quite different (you have twice as many edges and only one foot on each ski).
Give yourself a real chance to learn. When you first started on your board, you tended to fall down easily at low speed, partly because both feet were attached to the same board. With skis, you will be able to make more compensating moves to prevent falling. With the balance skills you already have, you may find you're going much faster than you were on your board before something finally knocks you over. For most of us, it's best not to discover the consequences of this the hard way.
Beware of friends who "know how to ski." Maybe they do. Maybe they ski really well, but have no idea how to teach. Maybe they think they know more than they really do. Maybe they don't really understand what happens when you put someone with no control skills at the top of what looks to them like an easy green run. In the interest of having a fun season which does not involve an extended relationship with an orthopedic surgeon, visit the ski school.
Take a lesson. Initially, use equipment that's not too difficult to manage. You'll discover skiing is versatile, subtle and fun. Someday, it will let you do those long traverses to freshies - traverses that were a royal pain on your board.
And, you might actually do an exercise on just one foot when you're just getting started. Of course, you might be left footed...