Why not get a board with magne traction if you're in the icy East Coast? Check out the Roxy Envi, Roxy Eminence or GNU B-Pro. I bought the 11' Envi and Eminence for my gf and she won't ride anything else.
A good friend of mine purchased a 11' Ride OMG. She now wants a Never Summer after riding my friend's 11' Never Summer Infinity.