I ride mainly on the East coast, but make it out West at least once a season. I put in ~10 days a season but want to get that up to 20.
I would classify myself an an intermediate rider that can link turns decently, and is trying to work on hitting natural kickers and practicing riding switch. I never hit the park and don't plan to anytime soon. I'm not bombing it down the mountain, although I do like to pick up speed as I gain more confidence.
The Ride Machete flat board was friendly and easy to maneuver, but sometimes it feels stiff like if I want to get air or just press it, although I'm sure my technique has a lot do with that.
My budget is fairly flexible, but I do like a bargain (who doesn't?!)