pyramid, I know that you have a problem with transplants coming to your town, or any other ski town. I know this because you have felt the need to voice this opinion in these forums, as well as directly to me in a PM, nice words left out. Know what, deal with it, its pretty much the American way for people to move around their country, especially west. If your Native American, you have a legitimate gripe, if not, you don't.
As far as Dexter and T.J. moving from Brighton, Michigan to Aspen and dominate the mountain, it really couldn't happen overnight, but it could happen in time. The East Coast and Midwest produce some very good skiers. Ever hear of Gordy Peifer? Grew up skiing at Pine Knob Ski Area in Clarkston, Michigan (175ft vertical). There are many more like him, the west produces a lot of really good skiers, but so do other parts of the country. You can learn the fundamentals on any slope with a slick surface, but mountains make the journey more exciting.
I ran into a friend of mine from the East who had just gotten back on a Powder Magazine shoot from Poland on Sunday. One thing I have noticed about skiers who grew up on small hills as compared to some who were fortunate enough to grow up in the mountains is that the don’t take it for granted. They are out there every chance they get, skiing conditions from bullet proof ice to super light powder. They are not the elitist locals who only come out on bluebird powder days. They have a smile on their face at the end of the day and rarely complain about anything. Tourists and even transplants are what help mountain economies, by bringing money into these little towns.
I personally have never claimed to be better than anybody on the hill. I have fun skiing, rearranged my life to do it as much as possible, on the terrain that I prefer. Very similar to the guys in Aspen Extreme, I woke up one day and decided that I needed a change, so I headed west, ended up in Salt Lake City, got a job, and contributed to the local economy, all the while skiing as much as possible. A good skier understands that there will always be skiers better then themselves, and appreciates the what others had to go through to get to that level.