Isn't the ultimate objective of a large percentage of skiers to ski terrain and conditions that ALMOST avalanche? I mean the nature of deep power on terrain steep enough to ski it pretty effortlessly, floating all the way is also the nature of a slope about to collapse right?
No. There are stable conditions and unstable with a million shades of grey between. No one skiing inbounds is thinking that they are 'back country' skiing in uncontrolled terrain. That said, in periods of heavy snowfall, the topographic complexities inbounds at many western areas makes 100% avy-proof control an impossibility. If you ski these resorts, carrying gear and knowing how to use it is a good thing. More importantly, being aware of which slopes and exposures might present a hazard is something that takes time, experience, and some education to absorb. The odds of being caught are small, but not non-existent.