Just curous, where were you before and why do you think you progressed so much in the Rockies? Backcountry terrain, snow quality, no distractions?
Maybe I need to move.
I was in Ontario before, most of my boarding was on a 720 ft vert hill with nothing but groomed runs (and a good park). Plus I did about 5 days a year at Jay Peak, Tremblant, or some of the other bigger hills in the east.
Moving to the rockies, I got way more days on the hill, and I'm riding WAYYYYYYY more off-piste stuff than I ever have before. Jay Peak is great for glades, but nothing compares to the rockies for rocks, cliffs, etc.
So I think it's about 50% the higher amount of time on the snow, and 50% the more variable terrain.
Not sure what all of washinton is like, but the snow in the vancouver area really sucked when I was there! I hate to sound like a whiner but it was crusty/slushy/sticky. Even the "powder" was heavy... Whistler wasn't as bad, but still not good, and that was in late January.
I guess it's not everyone's cup of tea, but I love the hills around Calgary!