My family took a trip out to Mt. Rose for a winter break excursion. This was my little sis's first time snowboarding. My evaluation was correct. As long as you have someone who can just tell you the basics, then get on the mountain and just do it. Reps an entire day will help more than a slow-paced beginner's class. Hell, that's how I learned. Except I had even less initial instruction. We both got to the blues within half a day.