I've never tried snowshoes. I guess they're good in tight places where skis are in the way, but I imagine I would feel very restricted without skis where skis allows you to just slide effortlessly. Uphill I guess skis vs shoes isn't a big deal, at least not with skins attached to the skis. Sometimes I use skins to go more or less straight downhill rather than doing slalom. Most of the time, though, I just ski in the forest in machine made tracks.
This is the 12th season of my automatic snow depth gauge, and I might get a new record for the lowest maximum snow depth for a season, despite an early start of the snow season this autumn. Today the depth is 40 cm, the highest this winter. The record low is 48 cm, there's not much more snow in the forecast, and spring is approaching with dryer and warmer weather. Easter is late this year, so perhaps it will be hard to find good cross country skiing in Oslo this year. :/ It's been a somewhat lousy winter, though just enough 100 meter uphill from here to give acceptable skiing except a couple of weeks in December.