I find classic skiing much easier to learn. Once you have developed the balance for classic skiing, you can switch to skating for a challenge :-)
classic. The first time I skied it was skating actually...MC taught me. I've never really been taught the techniques to classic...not even when living in Norway...it was just strap on the skis and keep up :-) Which was fine. Jase and I need to invest into going somewhere and going through some proper technique training :-). The muscles are sore so I know I did something at least!
Hope your skiing is going well - looks good on Facebook!