I appreciate that man. Sounds like we are in the same boat. I was beaten up and spit out the first few times I tried snowboarding. With skiing I literally started without a lesson on the beginner slope. Tumbled a few times the first go around (which I think was more of making myself fall because I wasnt sure how well I could control the speed). After that I may have fallen once, but the last handful of times I was going down (while still a little nervous) I managed to stay on my feet from the catwalk to the slope to the bottom. I was totally pumped.