It was my first time ever, and we spent about 3.5 hours on the slopes. In that time, I learned to board well enough to make turns, and link them together (as well as stay upright, stop, and on two occasion catch the "wrong" edge and face-plant or butt-plant into the snow -- which is very ouch and I do not recommend!).
The afternoon was a success. I can string together about 10-12 turns without stopping and managed to get all the way down the small mountain with the easiest of green trails without falling over. The only problem now is muscle strength. I could potentially string more turns together but my thighs start to burn at that point, requiring that I sit down and take a rest.
But still, I am surprised. You hear of people saying it takes three days of sore knees and painful butts before they find the groove. I was grooving quite nicely today, and on occasion, with quite a bit of speed. It was tiring though, and after 3.5 hours, my legs refused to go any further. Bet I sleep well tonight!
I do love being less than an hour from a ski resort, and paying less than 150 bucks for a season pass.