there is no difference between 8 percent west cost snow and 8 percent east coast snow. there is no difference between 15 percent western snow and eastern snow. Both areas are vast and really have so many micro climates with in each area and vary so much year that maybe we should stop generalizing.
Tony Crocker has a pretty reliable snowfall stats of Stowe,alta, and Mammoth. Stowe snow on average is much lighter than mammoth and nearly as light at alta. If it stays cold it will remain blower. We get a ton of blower powder days here at stowe and I vastly enjoy them over any groomer. If the snow is soft on the bottom I will ski the untracked/tracked powder everytime. you may have had wet grabby storm in maine but on average you would have a better chance of snow like that in Cali when it actually snow than in maine or in northern vermont.
goggles - most people goggles fog because they stupid stuff with them. They wipe out the inside with a goggle cloth removing the anti fog coating. other stupid ways people fog goggles. 1. wearing a hat letting the top of the goggle fill up with snow. 2. wearing a hat , then putting goggles on their forhead. letting body heat fog their goggles. 3. keeping goggles in a damp place over night. 4, wearing goggles underhelmet so that when they put them up they are on your forhead.
skiing. Most people just are not that good at skiing. I will concede that fatter more rockered skis really help in variable snow and I prefer them even in easier snow just due to ease of use, ease of moving around and the more range in speed and dynamics of turns. the thing is if your turning to slow down and/or pivot huge parts of your turns, and do not how to stay in balance then yeah powder is going to suck! but really its the skier that is sucking and not the snow. After finally getting aligned there is now no conditions that make me cringe any more.
"its not that you can not ski powder, its that you can not ski and the powder proves it"
video of you skiing I can help you get though what holding you up in powder. or at least get you started
truth is for how much I love powder and I am willing to seek it out I am in my happy place on skis. Really on anything. Even in ice. There is an enjoyable moment to be found every day outside and its most people lack of skills that do not let them enjoy it.
the best skiing in the east from a snow perspective is trees. Bumps can be scraped because to many people ski them trees even when skied out usually give you the best natural surface to ski on.