TAKE A LESSON!
at least 1 and since ur startin id take about 3 but spread out over a bout a week's time
i learned to snowboard in a HUGE group of at least 15 kids but since i got some teaching basics i just put what i saw people do and that skill plus some common sense and now im trying to not kill myself on jumps and jibs
also yes falling is painful but take it slow just keep control if you feel ur going too fast just stop
also as you get better you'll know when ur about to fall and you just get ready to take it
like me i fell at least 5 feet onto my butt plain and ismple but knowing it was gonna hurt a lot and a bit of soft snow made it painless
just keep at it my dad learned to ski at 52 with no help but he is just naturally atheltic so ya
STICK TO IT!!
and "we've all been there"