I can tell you first hand, this is an awesome sport! Fun and a great exercise experience! The equipment is paramount so have an expert measure you for your skis, poles and your boots. Equipment can be expensive, so rent first to make sure you really want to make the investment. Then when you are ready to purchase do your homework. This is equipment that you will potentially use for years to come. We had the experts at our local Nordic ski track help us with our equipment.