I never know if anyone reads these but here it goes.
I am old. I have been snowboarding since 1988 when I lived in Whistler. I actually was the guy that tested boards an boots for Whistler Mt to make recommendations for their rental shop. Couple years after that I was an assistant backcountry guide for the Canada West Mt school where I designed the snowboard portion of the Avanlanche awareness course that they still offer CWMS
If you are thinking of getting into the backcountry take one of these courses! For the last 15 years I have just boarded for fun.
Looks like a good site and friendly people.