On one point you are quite wrong- the money in Europe is much better than here in the States. I have never made so much for doing so little as I did while working in Switzerland. The whole environment for a working pro in Europe is heads above what we think is good in the States. Many instrs make enough during the winter in Europe to afford taking the summers off. I make good money in Vail, but not enough to even dream of that scenario.
While on the other hand, after busting my hump as the Ski School Manager of one of the largest ski areas in NZ, I lost a huge amount of money, given the prevailing exchange rates. The sword has two edges.
Trying to equivalate various levels of cert across international boundaries (or even within the various divisions of PSIA) is a fruitless task. It's comparing apples and oranges. In so many cases, the demands or limitations of a particular country influence those requirements.
I will not dispute the fact that PSIA has dropped from being a very highly respected player on the international scene of ski teaching to being the equivalent of a third world country, but I believe that is going through a positive change, at least here in RM. But as a national organization, we have almost 2 decades of decline to reverse.
It isn't going to happen overnight, nor is it going to be painless for those now coming through the system. They are going to have to become the standard bearers for the future. And to meet that challenge, they are going to have to be better, and better prepared, than any of us who came before.
But what exists in most locker rooms right now is a poor level of mediocrity. Sure, there are some superstars, but on an average, WE SUCK! So we need to spotlight those superstars, and get them actively involved in the cultural change which must occur. For if they are dragged down into the mire by the current paradigm, there is not much of a future to look forward to, as either a career for the pro, or any level of quality for the consumer.
I'm not going to say this is or isn't true of other nationalities. But every school, regardless of its nationality, is bound to have a certain percentage of weaker instrs. In a school like Vail, Aspen, Deer Valley, etc,, the international instr will tend to be of a high quality, simply because these schools will pick and choose who they will hire from a multitude of applications. And there are but a few areas these top pro's wish to work at. And not nearly so many "average" instrs make the attempt to work overseas.
Could it be that your frustration with the international instrs stems from the fact that many of them ARE better than our own domestic product? Then put the responsibility upon yourself, to become the best instr and skier YOU can be, with no limitations.
Now let's be honest, sometimes Aussies are not known for their diplomacy or tact. But I have heard just as many boorish American instrs in NZ, expounding on how great their areas are at home, and making broad generalizations about their quality compared to the domestic instr. The boot kicks BOTH directions!
I wouldn't be so worried about pleasing your instrs by assuming a particular (Austrian/Australian/Canadian) stance. Good skiing is good skiing. And as is usually found out too late, the real truth lies somewhere in the middle of all these various explanations. All are likely working toward the same goal. Do you ever hear a WC racer expounding that he wants to ski more like another nationality? Usually, they want to emulate a particular skier.
The Austrians are copying Thomas Grandi of Canada in GS, and trying to understand the SL magic of Bode Miller, while the entire WC is watching Stephan Eberharter in DH. It has nothing to do with nationality, just who is the best! Allow yourself to develop your own "style", based on sound fundamentals. Then you'll grow as a skier.