It took me three hours to get down a 100 yards hill at my resort the first day I learned to snowboard. Now I can spin off 30ft booters. It takes time. It's one of those sports where it all of the sudden clicks. Now don't get me wrong there is progression after that, but the concept comes all of the sudden.
Im all for having fun, showing your tits and getting fucked up on a river float but it can be done without being a pig.