Don't ever try to ride the board FLAT. Ride edge to edge, from toeside to heelside. Never FLAT.
If it isnt a money issues, maybe you should swallow the ego and get an instructor or ask some kids or a friend how to do it properly.
How fast you learn is dependent on how fast you usually pick this up, how good your equipment is, I took quite a few trips (say like 15) spread over 2 years to bombing down more advanced slopes. The conditions I was riding in were horrible to boot, pure east coast ice.
I have a very real fear of heights, even today I don't feel comfortable on some super steep slopes. You just gotta say fuck it sometimes and just do it.
Last edited by DennisK; 03-02-2009 at 05:02 PM.