I started snowboarding this year, I am 36. Now I enjoy snowboarding.
I know well about those frustration days, and the pain. I fell a lot. Two of them were heavyweight
. Once I fell on the back of my head (fortunately, I wore helmet), I believed I suffered a minor concussion, got headache and sore neck for a week. Another time I injured my ribs, got a bit of worried after two weeks that it was still aching. But was on the slope again once the doctor told me the bones were OK
Now you can link you turns, it is very close before you can feel the rhythm and build the confidence.
Highly suggest to read this post word by word,
"Learning to turn"
Get SLOW DOWN(travel cross the fall line a bit more) before you turn, my biggest problem was did not slow down before turns(heel-to-toe), once speed built up, panic, shift weight backward, try to turn, crash. Eventually, you will get faster and faster once you get the turns done right at the first place.
After this step, you can reference Snowolf's post in this,
I wear helmet, wrist guards, knee pads all the time.