hmm, must agree with "there is something about skiing the hardpack". It is a good teacher! I grew on the small mountain in the central Europe (not Alps), we had so little snow, we babied that one run just for the ski club mainly by ski pressing and skidding maintenance to keep the snow till May. I skied deeper snow probably 2x a year. Then, I could actually ski hard snow! I love the sound of the edge cutting the snow underneath me.
Now I live in Montana - skiing on the small mountain too, but now I see hard snow only 2x year! I was one of a few, who actually got excited about skiing it just to find out I am missing the precision I used to have - hey, let's blame the skis
- as I did and bought a new equipment. Now I have to wait through out the season for the hard snow
. However, I had to learn to ski powder here, which wasn't a problem, but crud and heavy deep snow, it is a different level - unfortunately for me, a level down.
so, ski both, East and West, and you will not be surprised and feel like an expert everyday!