stomp pads aren't 100% necessary. my first 8 or so years of snowboarding i never used one. i started using one last year and it helps a little but it's not that much different in my opinion. maybe it's because after 8 years i got good at not using one, i dont know. falling aint no big deal for a beginner, even intermediates. you'll get use to getting off the lifts with out a problem soon. plus no stomp pad will help you if you don't knock the snow off the top of your board before you get off the lift.