I first tele'd in 1992, when i first moved to Utah. Skinny skis and leather boots.
Did that a few times the first winter, picked up some scarpas and alpine skis with voile cable bindings. And thus began a long journey of trying every new design in binding to come along and breaking it. Repeatedly.
I did not alpine ski at all the second season, and by the third didnt even own alpine gear anymore. I was hooked. The turn was so fun and smooth, the ability to hike up and ski down, the challenge of learning something new after 22 or so years of alpine skiing. I used to be a speed demon and the tele gear was even more fun at 10 mph slower. Loved it.
Skiied tele only for 8 or 9 years, fat skis came along and really big boots and bindings. Finally i was skiing Volkl G4 skis, Linken binders, and Garmont triple G boots. And helmets.
Suddenly i was skiing faster than ever, and tele turning less and less. I started to think that perhaps a releaseable binder and a locked heel wasnt such a bad idea. This realization came as i straightlined north bowl at Bridger, just to see if i could.
Last year, i bought a few pair of Fritschi free rides and scarpa denali boots. Replaced the Linkens on all my big skis. I did leave the K2 'Randonee: French for can't tele' sticker on though.
And I love it!!
Its like rediscovering some freedom, as fast as i want whereever i want (well, actually, i did that on tele too, but its faster now!). no tired legs by 1 on a powder day. Drop skis and step in, no leashes, no bending over to do up binders, i can just drop a ski without worrying about it sliding away. My balance and technique on alpines is better than ever, something to do with tele skiing for years im sure.
As far as touring goes, ill take at over tele EVERY time. The hiking is so much easier. The only thing i miss hiking is the ability to kind of 'smear' my toe on a short uphill and not let my heel return to my heel lifts. I keep trying this on at, but i doubt ill ever get it to work.
By the way, i still have my tele boots and a pair of skis mounted with tele binders for when i need to see if i can still drop a knee.
I dont really know where im going with all this, but i guess i would say, go for it, try tele. Spend a couple seasons getting good at it (and to be graceful, it can take a couple seasons!). Go a season without alpine gear, or even an alpine turn! I think its the change thats fun, trying something you never have done before and strugglling to get good at it. Or going back to something you used to be good at and finding out you are even better at it.