Hope you found someone experienced to tour with; that is probably the most important thing; much better not to get in a slide, than to have to have all the safety gear, and need it. Btw, do you ski or snowboard? What do you ski in area, black diamond? Double black? Feel free to PM if you want.
A slope meter is a great thing to have, too. They are about $20; if someone in the group has one, ask them to show you how to use it; and see if they will let you take a bunch of readings. Basically just lay a ski pole on the snow, trying to approximate the slope angle, put the meter on the pole, and read it. Take 3 or 4 readings, and average them; or try to see why they are different. Try to estimate the slope angle of what you are going to ski, then measure it; get good at estimating the slope angle. If there is a crux bulge, measure it. It takes like 20 seconds to take a reading. When hiking up, some days I would take a reading every time I stopped for a breather.
I like the Life Link, but they all look similar:
Lifelink Slope Meter
Amazon.com: Brooks-Range Slope Meter One Color, One Size: Sports & Outdoors
The Life Link says that 35 to 40 degrees is the most active avalanche starting zone slope angle. The vast majority of avalanches start on slopes between 30 and 45 degrees. If you keep your slope angles under 30 degrees when you are starting out (and don't go under steeper slopes that threaten you from above), that right there will go a long way toward keeping you safe.
Don't race for first tracks this time of year. The snow is very shallow, there are rocks and stumps everywhere. Enjoy the hike up, look at where the rocks are, take photos and study them; then after the next storm cycle, you can pick the rock-free lines. A smooth grassy meadow bowl that you have hiked in the summer, that is about 30 degrees, would be ideal. PM me if you want some more ideas about safe touring.
Cheers - Bill