I hear ya both! Being pro is about bling & bitches, but not as much as everyone thinks, and Amateur is fresh too cuz it's about freedom and control! Eighther way, you're not going to be happy as a skier unless you're truly passionate about the sport. Look at Wayn Gretzky. Do you think he became a pro hockey player so he could pimp mad ho's? No. He did it because he loved hockey, and he got good at it, and it all just sorta happened! Furthermore, do you think he's happy because he's an idol, ane he could pimp if he wanted to? I think not. I think he's fulfilled in knowing that he's done something for the sport that he's loved all his life! So, in closing, my point is; don't be discouraged if you don't go pro, and be happy with your personal goals that you acheive in skiing.