TIME ON SNOW
As I beginner, after a couple of days spent going through a snow-PLOW - stem Christie- parallel turn progression with a little side-slipping edge angle refinement and hockey stops thrown in, I spent time pivoting and pushing my skis around.
Through experimentation I learned to use less effort and more pressure control, edge angle control, and weight shifting fore and aft to let the snow turn my skis for me rather than me turn my skis so they could turn me.
However, due to my passion for high speed skiing I discovered edge-locked pure-arc carving fairly quickly, and I was hooked. For the next few decades, all I was interested in was carving gs + sized turns. Hockey stops would suffice to dump speed when necessary. I didn't need no schtinking speed control turns. Sure I looked like a hack, but who cares?
Nevertheless, due to the time I had spent not arcing pure turns as a beginner, and the sheer number of runs where I would brake my way into the lift line or be forced to "steer" while brakeing for moguls, tight turns at the bottom of steeps etc., I was still fairly good at smearing a turn on flat groomers (like the stunt driver who parks his car between two others by doing a 360 into the spot only on skis).
Stay in this game long enough and you eventually get around to all things. My progress in mogul skiing was delayed significantly by my lack of practice in the "smeared" turn skill set. Exploring mogul skiing was an incentive for me to improve the "smeared turn".
Lately I've gotten around to getting better at the smeared turn, just for the sake of doing a nice speed-controlling smeared turn. Having relatively little time on it, I can see that I am much better at carving arcs than I am at the basic parallel turn. I'm even thinking of leaving my P50s at the 1-2 bevel as this works a little better with smeared turns than my preferred 0.5-3.
Now, I am likely the exception to the rule, having likely spent more time carving edge-locked pure-arc railroad track (but diverging ski tracks at apex) turns and less time smearing than most skiers, but the point stands. Time spent arcing does not make one as well at the basic parallel non-edge-locked turns as time spent making basic parallel non-edge-locked turns.
I think with today's shorter radius "shaped" skis, many more new skiers will get the "carving" addiction sooner than was the case in the pre-shaped ski days. Leading to more time on snow carving pure-arc edge-locked turns and less time on snow smearing. This scenario will likely lead to a much higher proportion of skiers who cannot make good smeared turns, but can arc turns just fine.