I'd like to get into XC skiing this year - and I'd like to take my wife with me. Can I get some basic advice?
First, what type of skis should we be looking at? I imagine that we'll mainly stay on tracks, but there will likely be times when we're breaking trail, especially on powder days. Is there a type of cross-over ski out there that's good in a variety of conditions? This question is extended to bindings as well. Is there a type of binding I should be looking at?
Second, what length of skis should we be looking at? I'm 6'2"/180. She's 5'9"/130. How about for poles? I assume the 90-degree rule for alpine skiing doesn't cut it here.
Third, I know that a good day of skiing has everything to do with one's boots. Are there different types of boots out there, and what type would be best for casual day-trips?
Fourth, is used a good way to start, or do XC skis loose too much spring if they're used?
Thanks (as always!) for all the help!