yeah I'd say it's a 3-5 day of pain experience...once you can link your turns everything comes super quick. The hardest part is trusting yourself when going to a toe-side turn. My first day on the mountain went like this... went with 2 friends who were very good snowboarders, they took up to the peak of Stratton and said ok now get down! Let's just say it took me a very long time to do that and by the end my ass and knees were completely balck and blue as well as my ego. I came from a pretty decent skateboarding background and thought it would translate near identically, not the case. Principles are similar and it probably allowed me to get it quicker than say my girlfriend who I'm teaching but no matter what you're experience the first couple of days are painful and disheartening. Just stay with it and you'll be all good!