I am wondering about the "cross country like" aspects of Alpine Touring gear.
I am in Ontario Canada, where hills as small as 75 meters can be referred to as "mountains". I'm a relatively experienced cross country skier, but I like the idea of being able to clip in and use alpine turns on steep downhills (even short ones). In addition, any touring I do locally is going to be on ungroomed trails, and snow that is only 20 to 40cm deep, and covering relatively short distances (2 to 3 hour day trips).
How does Alpine Touring gear perform in situations where you are traversing long flats, and climbing and descending short hills of varying steepness.
Can you achieve good glide using a "kick and glide" technique, is it reasonably conformable?
Are skins absolutely required for climbs or can one get away with the herringbone technique?
Any other reasons I might be missing that would make me regret Alpine Touring skis for this application?