It sounds like you've already had a lesson, and still struggled. Are you the type of person that likes to figure stuff out on your own, or do you like other people to show you? If the former I say skip the lessons, watch some good skiers, and go for it. If you like lessons then it sounds like you should try another instructor and see if you get better results.
I started skiing a few years ago in my mid thirties and had no problems. It's not an age thing, although the fact that it hurts more and longer when you fall than it did as a teenager means you can expect it to take a little longer to pick it up.
I don't know how to ski alpine (yeah hojo, I tele
), but watching people at the resorts it really looks to me that they teach people to snow plow because it's easy to pick up and can be used to get out of trouble. However, it also looks like it teaches you bad habits that you're going to have to break when you learn how to ski for real. If you're not afraid of falling I'd say try skipping the snow plow altogether. That's my advice as a non-alpine skier who doesn't like to take lessons, so ignoring it might be the smartest thing you could do.
Originally Posted by mjpowhound
Getting good at snowboarding is easier than getting good at skiing.
I had a far easier time learning to ski than snowboard, but I'd expect whichever one you learn second ends up being easier.