Help a noob spend some $$ please
Hello everyone! I know this is my first post, but I have been reading the boards a lot this past season. I am in need of a little advice and hope you guys can help me out. I'll start with a little background info. This is my first season riding.... ever. No previous ski or snowboard experience outside of this year. I got a season pass to the local hill through work so I had no choice but to try something. So I traded in my mountain bike at a local shop and got a snowboard, bindings and boots. So my season started with the following used gear:
Capita Spacemaster 159 Board
Ride SPI Bindings
I took a few lessons in my first few days so I knew what I was doing and before you knew it I was flying down the hill having a great time. I decided that my boots were a little too worn and grabbed some Burton Motos on sale...... omg new boots are heaven. Its like wearing 20 kittens on each of your feet. Anyways since my wife realizes that this is something I am going to stick with I have the aproval to buy some new gear for next season. Let me say now what I will not really be working with a budget as I will not be able to take much of my vaction time this year so I'll have a fair amount of $$ to play with. Also with that being said I don't want to spend for the sake of spending and am going to try to find deals on the gear I want when I can.
I believe that I have already fallen into a style of riding and I would like to purchase for that style. My local hill sees a lot of fresh snow through out the year and there is plenty of easily accessible glades and fresh powder to ride. I have been primarily seeking out the powder, dropping into tree lines and just trying to find good lines. I have no desire to be in the park at all, just not my style. I only ride switch when its absolutely necessary. I have been only hitting groomers when I have to get back to the lift. I am 29, 5'11, 163lbs, size 9 boot. I don't mind purchasing out of my skill level some as I don't mind learning to ride the board and it may be awhile before I can purchase again. I have come up with a list of boards that I think will work, but since I am a noob I would really like some input from people who know what they are talking about. I am also in need of choosing the length of the board please.
Neversummer - Raptor
Yes - Pick Your Line
K2 - Gyrator
Thank you to anyone and everyone that takes the time to read this post!