I grew up skiing in VT so I was a familiar with using edges and comfortable in general on a mountain. I moved to NJ a few years ago and last winter was my first season on a board, where I mainly rode in the PA Poconos. I taught myself how to ride using youtube videos and info from the tips and tricks section of this forum. I stayed on green runs for my first 2 trips and by the 3rd I was linking turns and able to do blue runs. I think I did about 10 sessions my first season and this year I've rode every weekend since x-mas with a few midweek trips mixed in. I've gotten a lot better this year, I'm pretty decent at carving, I bomb the blacks/double blacks that are around here and usually get up to 35-45mph on most runs. I'm starting to lock in 180s & hitting kickers. There's still tons more I'd like to learn...I hope to be able to ride blues completely switch and do a few 360s before the end of the season.