Thanks for all the good info guys.
I already spend most of my free time in the mountains either biking or climbing. I am also addicted to snowboarding so I am pretty sure I will be going in for the long haul. I think I will start to look into the used market for a splitboard or maybe just the parts to assemble one as I don't think my finances could handle a new factory split along with all the other gear. From what most of you are saying it seems like snowshoes are going to be a more of a hassle to deal with then they are worth for most situations.