Eastern.SkierWhy is everyone assuming that I'm not taking the classes and bringing gear?
Because you talk like a 12 year old from New Jersey. Seriously, everything you have said so far has screamed incompetence. Thats fine, because you are young and you are from an area where Western style BC is inaccessible. thats not a bad thing.
If you want to start getting into BC, start becoming knowledgable. Watch youtube videos, read books on avalanches, attend REI sponsored avalanche classes, attend backcountry first aid clinics etc. The mountains dont get anyless dangerous with advanced training and knowledge. They are still out to kill you. you just get better at dodging its bullets.
At some point, go ahead and spend $250 for a beacon, $100 on skins, $150 for a pack, shovel, and probe, another $200+ on bindings, and then $300+ on an Avy I class.
Once all that is taken care of you need to go on any and all group BC trips that are sponsored by REI or any other outdoorsy clubs.
Once you have figured out the basics of skinning, bushwacking, reading conditions etc, you will need to get in crazy good shape, and be able to ski stuff that is way over your head now, in your sleep. Why? because if you ever want to tag along with someone who kills it in the BC you need to be able to keep up...It sucks having to constantly be the one to break trail. It sucks having to back away from cherry line because someone in your group isnt competent enough to ski a line quickly, lightly, and safely. You learn the best from the best.
Good luck and get started.
Curiously, why do you want to forego a chairlift?