I gave up skiing some years ago in favour of snowboarding, and if you want to know how it feels to start on a snowboard, read this funny, well-written account of a beginners trials:
We … watched little snooty five-year-old skiers walk by, kids you could tell hadn?t fallen even once that day. Do you have any idea how horrible it is when your ego is handed to you by a five-year-old who can perform a complicated skill better than you can? I can throw temper tantrums better than most five-year-olds, but skiing, those litter fuckers CAN KICK MY ASS. I felt like shouting, ?Yeah, well THERE REALLY IS NO SANTA CLAUS, SO SUCK IT.?