So I've been enjoying following this thread and all the great info it contains. Thanks to everyone for the great contributions! I noticed a brief mention of "tele" skiing. After a little googling, I believe I may have found the perfect solution. See, I've been wanting to get into cross-country skiing since it's so accessible here, but I also enjoy downhill and the idea of backcountry skiing. However, I don't really have the money to sink into three different setups. Enter telemark! Correct me if I'm wrong, but that's one set of skis to do all three, right? I'm sure it's a case of jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none, but that's fine with me. I'm not looking to go crazy with any one. I just want something I can hit the dunes with, take on groomed trails, and avoid the rental charge when I go to a "big" hill.
Now the next question, if I'm a 5'11", 170lb guy and I want to find an older, used (i.e., inexpensive) setup, what should I look for? I see tons of ski kits (skis, bindings, boots, poles) for sale on craigslist, but have no idea which would be suitable for what I'm after. Any pointers are greatly appreciated!
2013 Trails: Andrews University, Vineland, Brown County, Fort Custer
2013 Mileage: 134.9