I'm from New Zealand and have been living in Europe for the past 11 years. Am in the midst of my first season in the French Alps (I currently live in Grenoble) and am loving snowboarding!!! Had never even set foot on a ski slope until about 6 weeks ago, but will definitely head up for some snowboarding when I head back to NZ in July this year. Used to skate the streets a bit when I was a teenager, so that might've helped a bit to start with...
No idea what snowboarding in the southern hemisphere is like! I never tried while I lived there...been in Europe for the last 11 years...but am heading back there in July, so will definitely head up to Whakapapa or down to Queenstown to check it out. Canada must be awesome though!