Started in November/December 2011, my husband asked if I would be interested in snowboarding (he'd wanted to learn for a long time but never had the chance). I said it sounded fun, and that's where it started.
We live in London, so we booked two fast track lessons at Milton Keynes indoor snowdome - started out with kneepads, impact shorts, and wrist guards. We found out exactly how skank rental helmets were on the first lesson and bought our own before the second lesson! The two lessons got us linking turns well enough to be allowed on the main slope (indoor domes require turns and speed control for safety reasons).
Our first time on the slope on our own, we made the mistake of going in the evening when the slope was really cut up with spots of hardpack everywhere. It was three hours of misery, and we nearly booked another lesson right away but decided to give it one more go. Next time out was an early morning session and we had the slope nearly to ourselves for an hour until it started to get busier. Everything just clicked for both of us, and we've never looked back.
We went on a flatlands/ollies course after a couple of sessions, and later in the year took a kickers course too. We had a week in the French Alps this January and loved riding real mountains; we're going back next January with the same group. Now the plan is to move to Colorado in a couple of years - bring it on!