I know a bunch of people who buy ski gear because they think it'll help them get better... This is not fun.
Some ski for fun, some ski to impress, some ski to be the best/pro, some are trendwhores.
At my school, when MW2 was released, instead of playing it for fun, a race was started. Most of my friends never even tried the Campaign. Some even compared their school calendars with friends from other school to check when were the days-off so if a friend from an other school had a day off during the week, my friend had to play way more during the week so he could compensate the day-off his friend had (because he would obviously play the whole fucking day). See my point? MW2 and skiing can't be compared unless you ski to be pro.