Where are you heading that you need snowshoes so desperately? I think the SoCal snowpack is consolidating quickly, but farther up north maybe not so much...??
On a side note I bought some Yukon Charlies for snow shoes several years back b/c they were cheap and they have honestly been awesome. They are slightly lighter than MSR's, have better flotation and crampons in my opinion, and cost significantly less. I have been using mine for 5 years and they have held up extremely well. REI sells them now $99 I think and even Costco had them for $79. As far as value goes I don't think they can be beat.