You seem pritty set on Lib Tech, any reason?
If I was you I'd save my money. Buy a decent second hand all round board, whatever you can pick up for cheap. A beginner wont be able to appreciate the added tech the best boards give you so it'll be a waste of money. Then when you progress and understand more what you're into (be it park/powder/piste etc) and what you want from a snowboard then you can make a educated decision.
I was saying Lib Tech because I had a skate banana and loved it but didn't really get to enjoy it because it was way to short and the crappy winter last year so I sold it. Than I stumbled on last seasons Attack Banana for $290.00 brand new. I just wanted to get something that I can hold on to for a few seasons as I progress. I have boots and union bindings so money's not really an issue. Just want to make the right decision this season.