Once you can link your snowboard turns it's tempting to lean back, rest each arm over the back of the chairlift, sigh a contended sigh and think your learning work on the mountain is done. But there's still a world of skills out there for you to conquer, some of them, such as powder, you can pretty much work out yourself, albeit with a few comedy yard sales along the way.
But others such as freestyle skills, where actual pain could be involved if things went wrong, are best passed on from a professional, such as the guys behind Our Camp. For 2015 they are holding two Ride & Slide freestyle perfection weeks, this January and April in Morzine, in fat luxury pads for just £995 per person.
What's included you ask? 7 nights luxe accommodation, 6 days instruction by British pro riders in small groups, three course evening meals with wine, breakfast and afternoon tea and cakes, 6 day lift passes, transfers to and from Geneva.