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What was the snow like? Hockey stops on hardpack can be difficult even when you know how to do them.
Regardless, your friends are right, although I don't know whether or not they're describing the process properly to you. At a guess though, if you're a beginner, you're probably not far enough forward (60% weight on front foot) when starting to do the stop. In that case, you'll get nothing until you lean far enough, then your tail will shoot out and you'll sit down abruptly.
If you put your weight forward (which is always very hard for a beginner) you can get the turn started quickly then shift your weight back while leaning heavily onto your heelside edge. (or toeside -- can be done either way, but heelside is easier)
This is one of those techniques that will abruptly "click" after some failed attempts, then you'll never have trouble with it.
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