Jennifer, sorry you had a bad day. Hang in there, at a certain point everything will click for you. You have to tune out people who say they never took a lesson, were carving by the second day, blah blah blah. While it certainly may be true, it is not the norm, and everyone progresses at their own pace anyway. And for all you know, maybe they were ruddering their back leg while going down a blue on their first day, or maybe they said that they bombed a black run but really they're an unguided missile and don't know how to link turns.
Lots of good advice already given on this thread re. protective gear, steeper runs can be easier than flat greens (and less painful when you fall, because you slide instead of landing smack on your a$$), getting your gear dialed in, etc.
I would add:
--If you can, take some martial arts classes and learn to fall properly. At least practice ragdoll-ing so your body is relaxed when it hits the ground.
--Try to ride on days after a storm when you know there is soft snow. Hardpack is not your friend--at least not for now.
Keep working at it! When everything finally clicks, snowboarding is so worth all the effort.
Last edited by Kauila; 01-13-2013 at 12:35 AM.