Good mountaineering schools have the newest and best equipment for rental.
Since you're trying something new—skinning or climbing with crampons and an ice axe—you'll need to be in great shape to handle exercise at high altitude.
Experience develops intuition, and intuition leads you to good, safe skiing.
Some knowledge and comfort with ice climbing will make a big difference, building a feeling and love for your tools like crampons and an ice axe.
Before getting involved in the sport, be sure to dial in your backcountry avalanche skills.