I skied for 1 day when I was 14, picked it up fairly fast and with the confidence of youth was blatting about in the afternoon with high speed snowplough and the beginnings of some scrappy parallel turns.
Fast forward 10 years, and I started snowboarding in 2005 when I was in Wanaka, NZ for a month. Been boarding ever since, one or two weeks a year. I'd describe myself as a top end intermediate - confident on any piste, happy off piste but not going crazy, especially love powder, playing in the park on the smaller jumps, but no rails or big air.
Lots of my skiing friends have got bored of piste holidays and are getting into touring. Recent boarding trips go one of two ways - Good snow, brilliant trip; Poor snow, I find it quite boring and consider giving up.
So... I've been thinking about learning to ski, as something to do if the snow is rubbish when I'm out in March, and also as a route into joining my friends touring.
Or.... maybe I should go and learn to telemark, and that will put me straight into ski touring, and a bit of a different experience from all the herdes of skiists.
So (finally) the question. Have any snowboarders learned to telemark without being able to ski first? Will I die?
(apologies for length and girth)