This would be my second season, so not a "newbie" but still rather new. Yes that's the only option i have to ride since well... my hill is small as fuck. I have some volcom snowboarding socks (padded in a few places and they are mainly wool and tight as fack). Last year my arms were sore because i was new to the tow rope, now they have adjusted but my calfs never hurt when i started to use the tow rope though.
Usually stretching them out a shit load helps keep them somewhat loose, but after a few hours of riding it gets not to nice.