Oh yeah, it certainly gets me excited when I think about hitting the hill! I lived in South Lake Tahoe for a decade as a snowboard coach (so you could say I have a little experience), but moved to Texas for family reasons and only get to go a couple times a year now... boner eh, lol. So like Thack03 said: What type of terrain are you riding (or aiming to ride)? What type of rider are you? Aggresive, likes a poppy and responsive board. Mellow, lots of smooth turns and good give to the board. Powerful, tons of speed and throwing huge rooster tails?! There's of course all mountain boards that can do them all fine, but you certainly have an idea of how you will attack or adapt to the hill.
For a blanket statement, since you're on the East Coast (I grew up riding in PA) I'd highly recommend one of Lib Tech's Banana Traction set ups. Lot's of the 2009/2010 line has this feature and it's a step up from the magna traction they had not long ago. This is a killer edge hold for pipe, carving, whatever. Especially on hard pack or icy days! The new thing is how they changed up all the camber to the boards (the way it curves on a flat base). Some have multiple types integrated into it now too so it can be pretty complicated if you know what you're looking for. I love Mervin Mfg so I ride Lib Tech most of the time, but I've had a great time on Salomon, Burton, Never Summer, and Nideckers too. Just try to narrow down some of those questions and I'll do what I can to lead you on the right path Subaru brotha!
I got my tickets to head back to Tahoe in February, I'm so freakin' excited! They already are riding and my buddies keep sending me emails and pics just to taunt me... NO FAIR!! LOL