In recent years 2 girls who grew up at Sun Peaks (both girl's parents own businesses at SP) used their skiing prowess to get scholarships to US universities. One was a partial scholarship but still better than Canadian schools where there are no athletic scholarships.
The other young woman is on a scholarship to a school in Vermont where she is the team's leading SL racer and she is also a member of Canada's National Slalom Team. While AFAIK the Vermont scholarship is a full ride, the Canadian National Ski Team involvement is not. For the past several seasons the Sun Peaks community has held fund raisers to help defray our local racer's expenses.
It seems that these days only wealthy families or ones located very near a ski area, where kids get to ski every day, are the only ones developing ski racers. Sun Peaks has a two room school house that is accessed via a platter lift and does a slightly longer day than most schools, but only holds classes Monday to Thursday. The Sun Peaks School may not always produce racers, but it will always have skiers and boarders as students.
Canada is no longer fielding a Woman's National Downhill Team which is not really a surprise given that they dialed back the speed events training for young kids a number of years ago. Add in the other venues such as skier cross, moguls, aerials, etc., expensive training and less than adequate funding, and I would say the future of some traditional racing events is in trouble in Canada. Canada has also had pretty good Winter Olympic success recently in the aforementioned X Games type skiing events as well as speed skating, tobogganing and other non skiing events drawing even more funding away from traditional ski racing.
In the US, with successful racers like Miller, Vonn, Liggety, Shiftner, funding and involvement in traditional ski racing should be on a fairly sound footing, at least compared to Canada, but in terms of money, interest, and participation, lagging way behind the Europeans as it always has.