It's all relative
Good points on making a distinction between racing and alpine specific versus AT gear and on-piste gear versus off-piste, where you ski or board, the conditions of the day or in general. Also, what a person is into and also simple timing.
In my case I prefer soft snow and if it's breakable crust off-piste or bullet proof on-piste, I'll tend to tour or skate ski instead rather than go at all costs or simply make do just fine with what I have and mix it up with tele or alpine turns. The other day before our latest storm on hardpack and working on carving, I kept wondering if I ought to pony up and get a high performance alpine rig, but I don't see it changing the fun factor substantially and am fine with the versatility of my set up. I do intend to demo some this winter just for grins and check it out as it has been a while. It's all good as far as I'm concerned.
FWLIW but having said that, I ran into an alpine racing coach bud the other day, who I skied fast with last day, last season at Telluride on sweet corn down a steep groomed run right with him. He was lamenting to another bud, that I was right there with him on my 'fricking' wimpy bindings, tele boots and skinny skis!
: If it was bullet proof I would have been scared to death at the same speed, without absolute control and he would have been waiting or me at the bottom, giving me grief.
Interestingly, coupled with tele bashing (like the above video), there is a current discussion on the Couloir Forum, where rugged touring skis are being considered 'wimpy' versus 'bomber' backcountry AT/Tele skis for turning. By comparsion, I guess that would make alpine race skis something like a Hummer compared to a Subaru.