I'm into XCD in the mellow ridges of the hardwoods midwest. I won't travel much. But I sure have fun skiing our singletrack trails then carving the corn or pounding the pow whenever it comes our way. And we do get enough to have a few powder parties each season.
I like both striding and turning and also doing our wee but awesome uptracks with the gang on whatever heavy gear we have. Our ridges might only be 100 feet high but they can be steep and full of "features," so some of us even use AT gear. It's all good! Usually everyone is skiing something quite a bit different from each other. I'm still into my old Asolo Extremes and Dynastars w cables and kickwax for my uptrack fun -- i wouldn't mind trying wider shaped rockered skis, tho, more often.
We are known to throw in awesome apres' parties and bonfires right next to the skiing. We are fortunate to have an awesome wild foods chef in our midst. So it's about that, too.
Our gang really likes the NNN-BC and Rossi BC 10 boots and Spiders up to Guides.
Here's an article I posted on my site: http://www.outyourbackdoor.com/earning- ... west/2251/.
Here's a video of the residential part of our style. We also get out in the boonies: