I have noticed that there are the type of boarders who are really into riding park, and then there are the riders who are all about riding the mountain. Both are fun, but you can definatly tell who the park rats are. The snow boarding company Tech nine is definatly more about park. ( Park is boxes, rails, kickers, halfpipe etc. basically things people can do tricks on) A lot of the riders you see riding park are decked out in tech nine gear.
Then you have riders who like going in the back country, doing tree runs, finding there own jumps. I'm not saying that you can't do both, but ususally you wont see the kids all decked out in tech nine gear doing tree runs. I personally have a tech nine board, but im not all about doing park.
Its interesting that the way people choose there gear is really almost an expression of the type of riding that they enjoy.