That is exactly the type of skiing I like to do. I also ski in the same type of conditions as you do (I'm based in Seattle and get out about 50 times a year). One thing to keep in mind is that as you get into Nordic skiing, you will tend to get a bunch of different gear, and you'll apply it based on the conditions and terrain. It helps if you have gear that can be used with other gear, although to a certain extent, it is impossible. Here is what I have, starting from the lightest/fastest:
1) Really skinny skis (no metal edges), Nordic SNS boots
2) Short skis with no metal edges but significant sidecut, same boots as above
3) Atomic Rainier skis (more sidecut and metal edges), BC boots
If I did a lot more backcountry, I would have a 4, 5, and 6. As it is, though, I do all my backcountry on 2 and 3. This shocks some people. Many assume that you need heavy gear to do backcountry skiing, but it really isn't the case. I just read an article about Steve Barnett, and the equipment he likes to use. He skis very steep terrain on very light (some would say flimsy) equipment. Now, to be fair, he is a much better skier than both of us, but I do well in my light gear, despite the fact that I'm not a great skier (I do a stem cristie way more than I telemark).
So much depends on the conditions. If it is crusty (like last Sunday) or icy than you definitely want metal edges. If you have to make sharp turns, then you want more sidecut. But if you have snow (even wet snow) and moderate terrain, then you can do really well on short, significant sidecut, non metal edge skis. My favorite of the bunch is Fischer Inbound Crown. It has a sidecut of 68-58-64. Not only do I like the fact that they have good sidecut (for a ski without metal edges) but they are fairly wide, so they float fairly well when I break trail (and I often break trail). I don't want to imply that you need to get those skis, though. I know there are plenty of other skis out there that are similar. Again, lots of sidecut, but no metal edges can work for most conditions and terrain that you encounter.
You may wonder why I don't like metal edges. The simple answer is weight. The weight of the ski has a cascading effect. Once you have heavier skis, you need heavier boots (like backcountry boots). Again, I still use my Atomic Rainiers when the conditions aren't ideal, or the terrain is a bit more challenging (such as some of the tricky stuff on Mount Rainier) but I usually use my light gear on Mount Baker.
Until recently, the only gear I had was the number 2 equipment. If the snow wasn't good, I would just snowshoe. My brother is a better skier and has more robust equipment, so I decided to add my level three gear (by the way, he has lots more levels) which I use for the trips I described above. After experiencing a few really good groomed trails, I decided to get really light, skinny skis. I still spend 80% of my time on the level two equipment, but it is really nice to have options. In case your curious, here is a listing of the weights of this equipment: http://tinyurl.com/4tm4asr
Another spot you might consider posting your question is nwhikers.net.