It's not that I miss the "glory days" at all, but that while the media world of skiing has changed dramatically, the world of the typical resort skier has not. Moguls are still there, as they've always been, and as much as we'd like to ignore them, they're still the biggest challege facing your average skier.
Well that and powder, but obviously less of a concern at some mountains, and in some years.
People tell me Killington is nothing like it was 10 years ago when I left, which I guess is a little disappointing, but whatever. I don't ignore bumps as a rule, I just don't make them my central focus. If I did, I'd probably still be at Killington harassing mountain management.
Anyway, back to the average skier. I don't think a lot of average skiers really appreciate being challenged, and by average, I mean the terminal advanced intermediate (can't ski moguls, steeps, technical, or powder). They're usually the first ones bitching at mountain ops to flatten everything, and seemingly are the only customers whose opinion matters to the resorts who wish to stay in business, and not be sued.
The extreme marketing seems to come more from the non-resort side, but I don't think it's changed all that much over the years. Attention has always been given to skiers and feats that are most likely not within the realm of possibility for most aspiring skiers, it's just the realm of possibility that's expanded.