Come on now...free the heel, free the mind
Whitegrass Nordic Ski Center rents both snowshoes and backcountry touring skis/boots. You can climb a steeper track with snowshoes and carry your skis on your back (strap them to your backpack) but then you have these 6 foot sticks snagging all the branches as you wander through the trees. With backcountry touring skis they have fish scales along the camber of the ski (sort of the instep) that grip as you head up, slide as you point them down. You can't climb as steep of track as you can with snowshoes or climbing skins but they are about the most versatile thing for poking around in the woods.
We all know that snow coverage has been pretty thin this year. It appears that this Tory place has about the same elevation as Whitegrass. I'd keep a watch at www.whitegrass.com
and whenever Chip posts that things are super covered and the woods open, then I'd head into Tory. I find Chip's snow report to be about the most honest of the area. Yes, he is an optimist but he really doesn't want to see people bust up their gear or get hurt going off piste so he keeps the reports pretty real.
If you have never skied with a free heal, I'd recommend a cable binding in lieu of something like a NNN-BC. The folks at Whitegrass will also give you a very basic class to get you pointed in the right direction.