A big (ex) skier making the switch - Which board would you go with?
I am a 31 yr old 6'5" 240lbs. guy (size 13 boots) looking to make the switch from two planks to one. I'm a solid intermediate skier capable of skiing easy blacks & blues in the mountains of Washington State (Crystal Mtn, Alpental, White Pass). I'm tired of wearing vice-grips, errr... I mean ski boots on my feet, the snowboarders just look like they're having more fun than I am, so I'm making the switch. I don't plan on setting foot / board on the park. Just groomers & some backcountry once I get good enough. I've never boarded before, but I feel comfortable that I will be able to catch on without any issues, and I do plan on taking a lesson or two. With all that said, after doing a fair amount of online research, I have narrowed it to a few recommended boards for big guys.
1. Lib Tech Skunk Ape
2. Nitro Gunslinger Magnum
3. Arbor Roundhouse
4. Ride Yukon
5. K2 Zeppelin Wide
6. Burton Custom Wide
Could anyone recommend any specific one of these (or maybe something else) for a person of my size. Any other recommendations for a boarding noob regarding equipment or making the transition from skiing to boarding would be greatly appreciated.