Break out the ski and board gear for some summer shredding. For only $20, come up to Boreal from 10am - 2pm, July 10th & 11th to enjoy the abundance of snow left from the snowy spring. A full terrain park will be built out for you to enjoy, accessed via the Castle Peak Quad. 2010/2011 season passes will be accepted, and will be on sale during the day. Gather 5 friends to purchase season passes to save even more.
I learned on this 80s ass snowboard I bought from salvation army for $15. Dead serious. I'd go on craigslist and cop someone's old set up for even less than 80 and use it your first couple seasons. Who cares if you don't have brand new shiny gear? I'd rather be awesome on a shitty board than one of those rich kids tumbling down the mountain and breaking their arm with brand new shit on. Hate those bitches.
honestly man, what's the point of getting a nice board? you're just starting out now, get a shitty all mountain board, ride it a season or two, then you can figure out whether you'd prefer freeriding or park. each way of riding requires different boots, bindings, and boards, not only in terms of size, but also in shape and stiffness. and you don't wanna start off with a park board, it's too soft and too short for a noob, you'd fall far too often.
It doesn't really matter how you come off on the mountain, as long as you're learning. The important thing is to make sure that you're going to stick with it and that it's something you enjoy because it's an expensive sport.