jc, I think we're just arguing semantics at this point. ;-)
Ghost, you transitioned from your ability to what you think is a similar ability on new skis. An expert will need to transition from expert ability, to the "new expert" ability. New expert is different from old expert. Killy and Bode are both experts of their time. Killy on old equipment cannot beat Bode on new equipment in a race, I think we can all agree on that. When Killy switches to new equipment, he can probably ski just as fast, maybe a little faster than he did on old equipment. So yes, he's still extremely fast.....but I doubt he would still even get close to being as fast as Bode. Killy would need some serious time to adapt to the new equipment and figure out how to best make use of it. I'm sure once he does, he could be competitive with Bode.
Point is, the bar for "expert" skiing has also changed with new equipment. You are expected to be able to do more with the better equipment. Going to new equipment and keeping old skills means you have relatively dropped in skill level.
As for using your own experiences in adapting, here's a scenario.
A beginner skier on straight skis does skidded turns. He transitions to shaped skis and continues to do skidded turns, but maybe with a tiny bit of carve at end of turn. He claims, "I made this transition to new skis effortlessly..in fact, I'm better than before and I'm making use of this new technology. Obviously an expert would make the transition just as smoothly."
Ghost, I'm not aware of your skiing abilities..and it's not my intent to compare you to a beginner. But you say you are "non-expert". My example above shows that because of this, you cannot use your personal experiences in the ski transition and assume that an expert would just "do the same".