Didn't want to hijack the other thread, but I trust my fellow mtbers to give me some good advice. I want to spend more time in the backcountry in the winter. I have snowshoes, but mtbing has ruined the whole hiking/snowshoeing thing for me. Just not fast enough I guess - and not enough ground covered. When I go hiking now, I feel like I have ADD. I am a big downhill skier but have xc skied maybe twice in my life. Those experiences taught me that xc skiing is waaaay different than downhill skiing. I'm wondering if I buy some cheap used xc skis if that will get me out but give me a little more fun factor. I assume snowshoes are a bit more versatile and can give you access to more areas, but I've tried mine in deep powder and that got me about 2 very tough miles in an hour. For those of you who do both -- what are the advantages/disadvantages to each?
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