How many times did you bust your ass? I think it's actually harder for gamers who grew up skiing on straights. Jumping and turning your ski 90 degrees to your direction of travel was something we never did. If you were going across the fall-line you were carving and had way more pressure on your downhill ski.
I have worked with a bunch of older skiers on sliding boxes and they usually go straight to their hips the first time. No matter what I tell them, old instincts usually take over. They jump, spin 90 and land with their feet too close together, leaning up hill, with most of their weight on their downhill ski.
I started to worry that I would be directly responsible for someone having to undergo a total hip replacement. Now, if I am helping out someone like that, I usually start them on one of the big fat butter boxes. I get them on it, put them in the right position and pull them down the box. I just decided that next year I'm going to get my mom to slide a box. She'll be turning 70 this year, so I figure it's a perfect time for her to learn how to slide.
Right man like kids that never skied before progressed much faster than me at park their first year. after i was just on groomers for 8 years and kinda into the hole speed demon/race skiing park was so different and more difficult. Especially rails.
Man i can't even get my 50 year old mom to ski once props on getting her in the park!