Someone made a comment about 'Rockers' and 'euro off piste phobes'
In Europe it is much less controlled. If you cross the boundary line, the thought here is 'Hope you know what you're doing' and 'good luck' or even 'It's natural selection'. When I was in American everything is so much more controlled, probably due to the endless litigation issues. I'm not trying to say one is better than the other, but it's just different here, you're more free to do what you want.
As for the guys with all the gear, the probes, the shovles, the beacon, often they look impressive, but they're all show. Why do I say this? Well, about one third of people with avalanche beacons I see with it strapped to their back back. Good one guys. Your pack gets rescued. This is the same for europe and the states.
If you really want to do some humble skiing, go to La Grave, or is it Le Grave, never can get it right. No fancy shit, no ego's, just hard core true mountain men and women that regularly rappel into chutes every day. The talk around the bar at night is modest and supportive.