I'm about to buy a new board, and am looking into several models. Some of them are defined as advanced or experts boards. My level is intermediate, and having at best a few days in the snow each year, I'm wondering if I should consider those boards at all at this point. Assuming all boards are meant for the same terrain, and the price difference is insignificant, will I have a harder time riding a higher quality board, or is it going to be the other way around?
The question came up when I was comparing Forum's Grudge and Symbol (both wide, for all-mountain use). A specific answer regarding those boards would be great, but a general one would be appreciated as well.
The difference between an advanced board and an intermediate board is usually the stiffness and the sidecut aggressiveness.
As for quality, a $600 board may break just as easily as a $300 board.