Lessons... I've taken several. The first few I took 10 years ago when I lived in Utah. All I did all day long was bust my ass. I finally gave up as I seemed pretty natural at skiing.
So for 10 or so years I went 5-8 times a season (I've lived in CO and UT last 10 years) skiing, and did fine. One time out in Utah I "tweaked" my knee at the end of the season, was very minor fibrous tears so I did a few weeks of PT and it was good to go.
Last year I told my wife let's give it one more try--I just REALLY wanted to try to get this thing. I took a lesson and finally started to feel like I was picking it up.
I went Halloween day at Loveland. I actually did pretty good. Sure I fell a couple times and did the proverbial f*ck-up coming off the chair lift (how embarrassing) but overall a pretty good 7-8 runs.
I went Veteran's Day. I should point out I was on a 145 on Halloween day when I felt I did pretty good. Practically everyone on this site stated I needed to go longer (I'm 5'6", 165) so I picked up a 153 board.
It was detuned. I even took it to another shop after my accident to see what they thought of it, they said it was fine.
But all day long (Veteran's Day) I kept catching edges. Anyway the last time it happened it was really bad as I actually had a little speed going and that was all she wrote.
The conditions were not bad at all... I've certainly skied worse (it wasn't icy, wasn't slushy).
So anyway, it just seems boarding doesn't come very naturally to me. That's a bummer, as it looks so cool and fun, but seriously, I don't ever want to have to deal with this again and I think the odds are much lower of having a bad accident if I stick to something I appear to be more of a natural at (skiing) even if it's not nearly as cool, I confess. *sigh*