Looking for freeride board.
Weight: 125 lbs
I ride mostly blues. I can't stand the shallowness of green slopes, unless it's long and has some good bumps. I'm not at a level to ride blacks yet. It's that, and I've also only been on blacks when it was icy, so I can't say for sure if I'm ready, but for now, I'll say I'm not. I ride goofy the whole way, and only ride switch if I hit an awkward situation that calls for it for a turn or two.
My current board is a Rossignol Mini 123. Not exactly the best board for freeriding. heh. I got stuck on some flat sections with my skier friends, so it wasn't too fun there. It's a little difficult to ride a good, clean carve on the board, since it likes to drift b/c it has a smaller surface area to hold me in during a turn.
I'm not sure what to look for in terms of flexibility/stiffness, as this is only my second season, and I've only been on the Mini, and two rental boards. My budget is anything around $400 and below. (I really mean $400 retail, so that I can find some steals online for around $250.)
I haven't been to a store to check out any boards, but I did a little bit of research online, and am considering the following:
K2 Podium (2008-2009)
Forum Roost (2008)
I also looked at the Rossignol Alias (2006-2008). Would that work for what I'm looking for?
What other boards should I consider? How do the older models compare? What length should I get? .... and finally, which would be best for me? I'm light, as seen at the top, so I'm not sure how small to go.