I am in college now in CT, live in upstate/western NY. I was on the Nordic ski team throughout high school, so I am very familiar with classic and skate methods, along with waxing for those race skis. I have decided to give backcountry a try, as while there are many groomed trails avalible near me in NY, there are very few avalible in CT. I was backcountry skiing in CT on some classic waxless skis I got at goodwill for $10 as I didn't want to mess up my nice race skis, or deal with the hassle of waxing. Needless to say, it didn't work great.
I just got a pair of Fischer Excursion 88 skis with NNN-BC bindings, along with a pair of Madshus Glittertind boots.
Now the Fisher excursion 88 skis are waxless, but I was wondering if there was anything I was supposed to do to the base, as the base (outside of the kick zone) looks very similar to my classic and skate skis.
Also, I was a bit intrigued by Norpine skiing. Do you just put on a pair of metal edged backcountry skis and go down an alpine hill? Do places allow you to do that? One time I went down an alpine hill on my race skate skis, as the Nordic trail was at the top of the mountain, and my friends and I decided to go down the hill for fun. I can see why metal edges are pretty much required, as on my skinny edgeless skate skis, I had very little control.
You should find you have more downhill control on the Excursion 88's, they will have more sidecut than your track skis to help them carve more easily, and the metal edges will grip way better! Not as much as an Alpine ski though, so I wouldn't take them to a busy ski area the first time!