Thanks for the nice words. My exuberance for places like BG and Schlamding does not imply that the terrain or snow there is better than the Arlberg--it's not. I've skied the Arlberg on three separate trips and love the place dearly because of the snow, diverse terrain, easy access off piste, and wonderful transportation system (busses and lifts).
However, I also think the Arlberg is becoming a victim of its own success. The crowds at St. Anton can be unbearable--not just because of their huge size but their composition: 80% male, powder crazy, testosterone driven, aggressive, type A skiers. These people will literally knock you on your face two get one chairlift ahead of you on a liftline. Leave your wife or girlfriend unattended for two minutes in a bar and guys will be pawing her (for women, this might be a selling point). Lech and Zurs are a more mellow, but quite expensive and hard to get to after a big STORM.
On a great snow year like this one, people should try to spread out and explore less crowded places like BG. There's tons of off-piste there if you want it. Schladming is more problematic from an off-piste perspective, but its woods offer a lot of expert potential if the resort choses to open more of them up to tree hounds. Finally, almost all major destinations in Austria have poured ridiculous sums of Euros into new lifts and snowmaking--the Arlberg certainly is not unique in that respect. I gravitated towards Graukogel and Reiteralm because of the slow lifts--I knew that where there are slow lifts, there will be some untracked powder. Sometimes, you have to take a contrarian attitude when skiing: the Poma can be your best buddy.
PS A good example of the "kinder gentler crowd" I met at BG and Schladming is a German fellow I met on a bus in BG. When he asked me where I was from, I sort of hestated before telling him, "America," fearing it would lead to a stream criticisms about our country and its political leadership. Much to my surprise, he said, "America! That's great. We never meet Americans here. Welcome and bring more Americans in the future. That's a long way to come for skiing, I'm very happy you came." I experienced similar reactions with several other Europeans I met in the region.