I'm relatively new to Colorado, but would love to get into winter sports more. My question is, I enjoy hiking both flat and relatively steep trails in the snow. Which option would be a better fit: cross country skis or snowshoes? I am willing to take the time to learn what I need to, so I don't want to go with the "easier to use at first" option.
Note: I often hike trails with little snow at first (0-3 inches) but then end up in places that can be 3-4 ft deep in some areas. Right now I am just walking through it as much as possible. But obviously I would like a better faster way to trivial even with a 10-12 lbs pack.
What would you all recommend? (I have had no experience with either)