snowboarding isn't for everyone. Case in point: you used to play hockey, so a part of your mind developed to a forward stance. I grew up skateboarding and surfing, so I'm more geared toward a sideways stance (although, I can ski pretty good, too...except in pow). Other than when it comes to spins, I'm definitely always in a surf mode of thought when I'm snowboarding...when I ski, it's more like rollerblade mode.
skiing is definitely still "in" and always will be. Skiing is easier for beginners and older people (there's a club of 80-90 yr olds at my local mtn), plus Skis are better for flatter resorts because you can push with poles and "walk" out of flat spots with the skis still on. Skis are better on steep icy runs because of twice the amount of effective edge. Skis have a much tighter pivot point for lightning quick turns, but I guess you have to be an east coast glades rider or into those tight ass hardpack moguls to really appreciate it (I think the motion looks kind of ugly)...the frequent deep snow and wide spaced trees on the west coast caters to the snowboard.