The scratchy lower mountain groomers (heavy snowmaking dependence, intense skier traffic) are a fact of life in the Alps if it hasn't snowed for a week or two.
Warning: potentially controversial opinion ahead
I keep saying that I've experienced and watched many Euro trips have conditions much like this report and your similar-ish last several days of Jan. The fresh snow earlier in your trip(s) was a 'nice surprise' in my anecdotal view of Euro skiing. I know Tony/others reiterate that snow is statistically more consistent over there than I espouse, but I consider these conditions or even a bit worse to be much more representative for lots, probably a majority, of trips across the pond. In my experience most of "Europe" (Alps/Pyrenees, etc...; not Scandinavia or poland/hungary that I have no idea on) gets biggish dumps or a series of concentrated big dumps then long multi-week stretches of nothing. Totally hit or miss, and far too often a big miss for many pre-planned trips (lets be honest that's what 90%+ of skiers do, is pre-plan their trips)...
Which leaves things like interesting food (not at all important to me personally) and superb scenery, but far too often meh-ish actual skiing that a majority of the time is either no better or often worse than just skiing in my own 'neighborhood'. Just my opinion of course, but certainly with the hassle factor and costs, some pretty big reasons to not bother heading that way for a ski trip very often for me personally. Thus I also claim all of that is a huge reason why Europe is not on the radar of many North American skiers who have shorter flights to usually better conditions with fewer hassles (though often even bigger costs).
Getting over to "Japow" sometime soon is much more interesting to me, though my annual guys trip may try a Euro trip of some kind (I think kinda unlikely to happen due to cost/cheap personalities, but maybe).