Took my daughter to the hill to fall down the slopes for the first time with me. She used to ski, tried boarding once about 7 years ago but it was with friends who basically took her to the top and said ok, go down. Obviously was a bad experience.
Anyway, this time around with lessons she actually did really well and was off the bunny slope by early afternoon. Then she reminds me that just before our hiatus from winter sports about 5 years ago I promised her new skis. So that's turned into a new board for next year.
She's 19, 5'7, 130lb. A beginner board, something feminine, all mountain for New England boarding, so decent on the hard stuff.
She's done for the season so I'm trying to get a leg up so I can start looking for some good deals either new or lightly u
sed as the sales continue.
Opinions in what to look for?
in the used market look for a burton feather around 149 to 152 cms, with the expectation that she will flip it at the end of next season or maybe a year later, it's a super easy board to learn on, not great on ice but the forgiving turning ability for learners more than makes up for it.
how icy is it where you ride, and how much is that a concern. If it's often icy and she really hated icy conditions when skiing then look at a cambered board like the burton deja vu or feelgood. These will be harder to learn on, will be one and done; a board she could ride for a long time. If she was off the bunny hills in a day she seems to be learner fairly quickly, this might be the way to go.
If ice is secondary then burton lipstick or social or deja vu in flying v would also be good choices; edge hold will be a bit less but they turn easy and are fun to ride.
disclaimer, my wife, kids, and I all ride burton stuff, so I only know that brand, others can talk about options from other brands, many choices there of course.
Most important, get boots that fit well, most of your time and energy should be on finding a good boot fit, board and bindings are secondary, especially for beginners