mr simmons, your enthusiasm is refreshingly funny. clearly you are full of piss and vinegar. enjoy
to this end, whilst what they say makes perfect sense, pay as much attention to those who say 'forget about your trick set' as you do to those who bluster 'prepare for pain!!!!' (ie not too much)
the point i would promote to you, is you have found something you are aching to enjoy and so do whatever you want to enjoy it
! if you want to work on a trick set
then feel free, but your range of ambition might be tempered once you have caught your first heel edge and you are left feeling dizzy from hitting your arse!
pain has a good way of moderating human behaviour!
if you can take it, then bully for you! go big or go home!
you have to bare in mind tho, that occasionally people do get very hurt or sometimes dead
from trying to run before they can walk. but this ain't limited to only sideways sliding!
but that said, the hill i learnt on in italia, had a gang of locals who sucked arse when just riding the piste, but bugger me if they wouldn't detour off into the boarder-x park and throw perfect back flips off the berms! they might've been snowboard virgins, but they spent all summer doing back flips off their pool's high board; they merged the two and had a blast and that my friend IS THE ONLY LESSON YOU NEED TO TAKE..... have fun!
oh and whilst snowolf
had a good point about getting an intermediate plank instead of a learner (ie forward thinking)... i used an entry level board for about 5 years and it was farking awesome! for sure it couldn't do the stuff some other boards could, but for messing about as a 'junker board' my Burton Clash was a fun bit of kit!