Depending where on whidbey, u are about 2 hours from the holyland. Late nov/early dec is the usual start of the season, the new high-end stuff will be scarce by then but u shouldn't have much difficulty finding entry to intermediate stuff. IMO best swap is the baker ski swap, for shops there is Hidden Wave in Burlington, and in bham there is WWS, sportsman's chalet, yeagers, rei, and near the hill is the Mt Baker Snowboard Shop...also probably forgetting some others. There will be lots of stuff on bellingham and seattle clist. If you come across a good deal get it, but I've been amazed at the local stuff you can find...you have the locals that ride the shit out of their stuff and its trashed from 60+ days of riding and they make benches out of it or give it away...but the gaper/tourist/occasional recreational/wanabe stuff can be great...the majority of my stuff was/is used highend. Late dec is prime holiday retail so you might beg or barrow (locals have basement loads of equipment that if you befriend and let them know you are a beginner they will let you barrow it...most nuts have at least 1-2 old setups as backup or to loan to friend) or rent the first month or two and then used stuff will start showing up and end of season stuff in april and may.
Last edited by wrathfuldeity; 05-26-2010 at 12:01 PM.