Originally Posted by poutanen
A lot of places will have a deal on lift ticket, lessons, and rentals for not much more than the price of a lift ticket. Go that way for a few days at least and then make a decision.
You really are best off buying something used for $200 or so as a first board. After the first season resell it for nearly what you bought it for, and then buy yourself something fancier.
I know too many people that bought a Lib Tech T.Rice Pro as their first board. Without ever really being on the snow...
If you don't want to rent a board then go craigslist, get something cheap and flip it later.