She is an anxious woman. A friend tried to teach her how to downhill. She loves XC, though she is a bit scared about down hill, even though what we do in XC is a lot more difficult and scary to me than any double diamond I have done. I think the reason she enjoyed XC so much is I had a very knowledgeable friend teaching us as we were both new and she was distracted by me busting my butt and getting a good kick out of it. She had also complained about the ski boots, are snowboard boots more comfortable? I am wondering about taking a beginner snowboard class with her and see if that helps her by giving her a good laugh at me busting my butt. She usually starts laughing so hard she falls over. Even if she gets a giant bruise she is still laughing. Nothing in my life has been more of a challenge to understand, than my wife.
Another idea is to have a friend that snowboards to take a beginner ski class or my nephew who is coming up to visit during X-mas break to take a class with her. She does better when distracted I think.