If i can chime in my to cents ont his topic:
As a rider that literally picked this up at the beginning of last season, I think that i can help you out with this a little bit having all those fears still fresh in the brain!
First i will tell you about me, i live in alberta where the mountains are all around me....so went once last year, got hooked right away. bought an old second hand board that week. with in a few trips to the mountains(3 or 4) i was the exactly where you are. i could link my turns, i could go straight riding switch(only going toeside), and when riding my regular stance i couldn't go heelside very well, only riding greens and the odd blue(with extreme caution, aka snowplowing)......fast forward to today. i ride blacks regular, moguls(not that i like them) trees/off track, the odd double black, and can ride switch(full on carving), along with small jumps(nothing to write home about, but still landing them). and to top it off unlike last year i have a need for speed! i love to get that plank up to top speed!
so to your problem at hand, here is what i did....
1. first stick to the green runs until you have mastered them(or at least think that you have) and you will know when this happens pretty quick, when you are the one looking at people and knowing what they are doing wrong.
2. practice doing low speed 360's if you are all ready comfortable riding straight switch then start by riding switch, go toeside applying more pressure on the back foot, until you are almost back around at your regular stance(this is where it gets tricky) you need to learn how to transfer your weight to straighten your board and switch edges at the same time. then keep this motion going and go heelside, applying the pressure to your back foot again and spinning around another 180 to riding switch again. keep doing this, the benefit that will come from learning to do this is amazing! you will feel how the edges work on the board and you will learn how to heelside without even knowing that you are! once you are comfortable with this do it the other way.... AND look at that you know a trick!
3. start doing what i call spot turns, look at a spot in the snow, and tell yourself that you are going to turn when you hit that spot and DO IT! and practice that for both heelside and toeside!
4.riding the big hills is cool, and i know this isn't really advice to help you this weekend, but what i did was got a pass for a local hill to where i live, it isn't that great, and pretty short....but i went there for a few hours every couple days with one thing in mind for the day, so i would pick something weather it was learning how to carve switch or just simply practicing my heelside carving. this will improve you riding by leaps and bounds!
5. Practice practice practice! the more that you practice the better that you are going to get ! the more that you have the board on, the more you are going to know the physics of snowboarding work!
6. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT AND THAT IS WHY I AM USING CAP LOCKS...........
STOP THINKING ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE DOING!!!!!!
my biggest problem was probably a lot like what i assume you are doing, over thinking what you are doing at the moment or what your next move is, you are concentrating sooo much on it that you are screwing yourself up and probably causing you to fall. just do something as simple as carving a green run, don't try anything that you haven't already done before, but don't think about what you are doing!
hope this helps your cause, and sorry about being so long winded
Last edited by doylerules; 01-26-2011 at 06:24 PM.