I've been riding for 18 years and employed as a coach/instructor for the past 10 at Stratton Mountain, VT. I've been lucky enough to find myself on a few Vermont Open podiums and usually call the terrain park home, but never on a pow day! I have worked with various companies in the industry as a product tester and engage in a yearly seminar that reviews the full line up of Burton products. Unfortunately, you can't buy a 540 but you can buy the right gear to help you get there safely!
Over my long career, I've learned that subtle differences in board design/performance can have a major impact on your performance. Getting the most out of your day on the hill all starts with what's under your feet. Choosing the right snowboarding gear can be tedious and overwhelming, as well as super fun! The tech gargon alone is enough to make a person go mad so it's a great idea to have an expert on your side. I've seen too many people show up to a snowboard lesson with gear that is far beyond their ability. Buying the most expensive or tech packed snowboard will not instantly make you a better rider. In fact, it can have the exact opposite effect and be dangerous. I consider our snowboards an extension of our body and it should therefore, be a perfect match. At the end of the day, it's all about getting the most out of your experience and sending it!