Yeah, it's worth checking out. Ask round and most people wont mind teaching you, as long as you don't flat-spot their wheels. I have seen people using them as longboards (and longboards with bindings), but it would be a bit of a conversion and probably not as flexy.
The main attraction is being able to snowboard in summer, which it's good at doing. Plus theres lots of freestyle options for it, if you want to get into that kinda stuff. If you get one, the upgrade wheels are probably worth getting for when you wear down your stocks (not that it'll happen super fast, but it will happen probably)