Originally Posted by telerod15
Snowboarding requires more skill and demands more respect than skiing.
At least in my particular case---and the caveat is that I skied---all self taught for 30 plus years before a friend of mine (Sir mack and Bryan know who I mean) cajoled me into learning to snowboard. She is an L2 AASI instructor now---was working on L2 at the time
As in your case, making the switch to tele, I had not yet gone to shaped skis and skiing had become a tad boring on my 500 foot hill---so I was looking for a new skill to master. I also had dreams of being the first patroller at my hill to pass a sled test on a board.
I did a huge toe side slam at speed when confidence got the better of skill and have not done much on a board since. Broke a shoulder, good concussion and empty wallet for beers when I recovered kinds took care of that, thanks.
I had the basics down in about 5 hours on hill, 3 or 4 evenings of lessons and I could go anywhere on the hill---all but the most difficult terrain with utmost confidence---if not great skill!
I've seen friends who took years to become decent skiers get to a passable level on a board in days.
I'll grant you, the first couple of hours are awefully bad and hurt like he(( when you toe side slam---but passable boarding can be done with a lesson MUCH easier than skiing passably, with or without lessons at the onset.
I could still go out and carve my hill up with decent technique---if I wanted to. Not nearly as well as say Sir mack on his tele board. Nor any of the board only folks. But I would not be scraping the snow off your line either!