Ashski. I agree with you about the sking presented in these pictures. There is a difference though. The first picture is from a small Swedish resort called Vemdalen (actually one of my home resorts), the surface is cannon ice, the slope "Hovde" is a very steep black run and the skiers are newbie instructors that work at the resort. Outside the race groups I see very few people who look impressive there. The second picture is the Canadian Demo team skiing on what appears to be hero snow.
This is also related to BWPAs comment about that many people can do retraction turns like WC skiers and that it is not that hard. That may be true on most normal slopes, but to carve ice on a steep black I would say is extremely difficult, and IMO this is one big difference between WC skiers and normal "resort heroes". To start with, most people don´t even have the equipment to theoretically pull that off.