By all means take a snow travel course along the way - it'll be well worth the time and money. There are a number of one or two day courses out there that will give you an idea of what you're getting into.
If you're just going to be wandering around on fairly gentle slopes for a while, snowshoes will likely do the job. Some people use thoe microspike things for gentle slopes where a fall isn't dangerous - I always just relied on either crampons or friction and have been fine, but the microspikes probably make travel a bit faster.
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