P: Mike Yoshida

With the advancement in board design, moderation of material costs and overall quality of factories throughout the world, this is a better time than ever to count on a pricepoint board to get the job done for you. The pricepoint boards that are being produced today are above and beyond a lot of the high-end boards of years gone by. So if your budget for a new stick is limited, at least your options for finding the right one are not. - Pat Harrington

P: Mike Yoshida

Arbor Foundation

Arbor built this directional twin from the ground up, ensuring that every ingredient that went into it was 100% quality. Built around their FSC certified “Single Malt” poplar core, the Foundation features Arbor’s “System” of combining rocker and additional contact points throughout the sidecut to ensure both stability and flexibility. And just like with all Arbor boards, the Foundation is made with a full grain wood topsheet that incorporates extra snap into every turn. At $300, you better buy this board, and then make like a tree and leaf, because you won’t be finding any better deal that this. arborcollective.com MSRP: $300

P: Mike Yoshida

Burton Ripcord

This aptly named board is geared so much toward intermediate progression that it will have you ripping corduroy in no time. Thanks to Burton’s predictable and mellow “Flat Top” profile, smooth sidecut, and a directional shape, this all-terrain shred sled will lead you from the blue squares to back bowls before Tom Brady wins the 2016 title. burton.com MSRP: $340

P: Mike Yoshida

DC Focus

In skateboard terminology, the word “focus” is generally used when someone snaps their board on purpose. In this case, DC has decided to focus on the design aspects of skateboarding in order to manufacture this progressive, advanced to intermediate snowboard. By giving the board elongated flat spots on the tip and tail—like on a skate deck—you can manipulate the board much more easily. Combine that with a slight rocker profile and you have one easy to maneuver snowboard that will have your undivided focus on one thing: Having fun. dcshoes.com/snow MSRP: $319

P: Mike Yoshida

Nitro Stance

Whether you are regular or goofy, this stance is truly universal. Designed with the motivated rider in mind, this board features Nitro's flat out rocker profile, making turn initiation easier than your uncles golf cart that you used to steal. Plus, it has been decked out with a super slick and easy to maintain extruded FH base, providing effortless glide. Let your stance be known and make your mark on the mountain. nitrousa.com MSRP: $283.88

P: Mike Yoshida

Ride Agenda

Once you have this board in your rack, your only other agenda will be to ride twice as much as you did last year. This true twin board is a great intro to freestyle board design, opening up a world of trickery right away. Plus, it’s pressed with Ride’s “Lowrize” rocker profile, making caught edges a thing of the past and ensuring that your carving confidence will skyrocket between first chair and lunch. ridesnowboards.com MSRP: $330