I need some advice on gear and what to focus on learning wise for my particular situation. I am a pretty decent alpine skier, I ski everything on the mountain except for some of the most hair raising terrain with pretty good technique. I live in the mid atlantic and am kind of bored with local skiing so I want to learn some cross country/backcountry skills for exploring the mountains in the area (primarily WV). I want to be able to go anywhere including XC, hiking, logging trails and be able to descend using a variety of techniques.
I have been on XC skis twice and am interested in getting into this but I am really clueless with what type of gear I need. The language/terminology really confuses me. Can someone give me some advice on gear and training/learning? I have done some searches but am having a hard time finding similar situations. Thanks!