Are looking for a board really soon or are you willing to wait. If you can wait then wait till the end of the season and buy a board on sale. I got lucky with my NS SL sense they don't really go on sale but a Burton or a company that makes lots of boards will go on sale. NS won't make a beginner board but they are such nice boards they are worth it. The SL is a great all moutain board they can park and everything else it's terrific. The hybrid camber is really starting to come on strong and people have great things to say.
If you can wait then wait til the end of the season so you can find a killer deal, if not then a board on sale from last year would be the way to go.