Sounds like you need to adjust your priorities and get to the mountains more. That's why I live at 7600 and a track out the back door that can go forever. In the spring it's corn on crust high speed skate skiing across the field or lake. Total blast.
Nordic skiing is not with out hazards. Our resident elk herd post holes the XC track and the poop slows the glide.
Back to cross over sports and skating improvement: a few winters ago my son, nephew and I were skiing Telluride at Christmas and it was pretty bullet proof. The boys were not enjoying themselves very much on the steeper runs due to lack of edge hold. The next day we spent on the town park pond ice skating. For about 3 hours we goofed around playing tag, hockey and various other games the boys dreamed up. The next day, their ski edge hold was dramatically better and their confidence was huge. They had a blast knowing they had gained more control....as well as alpine skating improvements.
Yes, I know...somehow I should set my priorities straight...I'm working on it but so far without much success. I'm too entangled in
a couple of things...
I don't live too far from the mountains myself...37 km from the "local hill" which offers both cross country (albeit in a winding and unwinding track, much like a corkscrew, on the side of the mountain) and alpine (without any really challenging terrain unless one hikes into dangerous places)...but here where I live, on the plains, I've been able to cross country ski only some 25 years ago when snow came and stayed long enough on the ground for us to take a tour around. Now, it is still snowing, but snow doesn't stay on the ground long enough,,,
Then it's a 1.5-3 hrs drive to better places like Made, Chiesa, Tonale, St Moritz, Monterosa...
Plenty of places to do both, but as said, not enough time to get "bored" to ski alpine to look for a change...Maybe next season...maybe.
Uh, BTW no elks that I know of "here". Just one solitary bear , a couple of Linxes, some wolves, all rumored and not really observed. Probably too shy or too scared by the over antropologization of our mountains...if real at all.
The only poop to slow you down is so that of dogs accompanying their un-civilized owners.