Mt. Creek is my home MT. as well.
Best advice, Follow this order, as this order is most important.
Your boots will be the singlemost important piece of equipment. If you have heel-lift in your boot, or they dont fit correctly, you'll be doomed well before you hit the mountain
6 hours of driving is some real dedication O.o.
And I did hear that boots were most important. I could buy boots from a store I guess if I buy a snowboard+bindings for only ~100-150 considering that burton cruzer is that cheap and it seems good enough. Although I guess I'd have to see if my boots would then fit te bindings? Although actually I think I can buy just the board from the person and then buy some bindings separately.