Washington state, where u guys moving to? There is lots of great used stuff in and near the hills, some excellent swaps in October and clist that happen closer to the season. Go ahead and research; boots first...if u can try lots on and perhaps zero down on a brand, model and size and then wait for it. Many folks out here at least have a groomer board and a pow board; cause with our dumpage a regular groomer board just doesn't work on the best days. The other thing is you need rain shell gear, preferably at least 10,000mm or better; and flat-light high intensity goggles. At swaps you can pick up good usable stuff for beginners for insanely cheap (if not free from a local friendly...gave 3 old boards...k2, option, m3 away last year) and often find good used high-end stuff from 1-2 years ago for 10% of msrp.