If you have some specific gear that you want, I think it would be to your advantage to either email or call to see what some of the shops have in stock and if they know that your going to come in and throw down the cash with farting around they may give a sweeter deal. I don't know what that area has for shops but just goggles around and make some calls. Might save you a ton of time when you get to the resort.
My experience and what I do in snowboarding is really quite
independent of the industry and the more independent it is,
the more pure and better I feel about snowboarding.- Craig Kelly