@Karlsson Thanks for the input in regards to the late start. I hope your daughter does well and catches up soon. I also think along the lines of what you say a dedicated effort from 10 or 11 year old kid should net out peak potential. I could be very wrong though.
This thread is about how did ski racing get to where it is. The reality of my situation highlights the main issues. Cost cuts back on many kids that have the potential to be a world cup athlete from trying. It also puts kids into situations that they have not asked for and even if they did cannot understand what the future commitment and cost of the parents investment into there skiing. What happens when your kid that you have spent $50,000 in race training says to you at 12 I am done with it and would prefer to be a kid and play around in the terrain park or is burnt out? Parents could force them to race as they have a sunk investment of a college education or hold a grudge. I have seen this in other sports tear families apart.
The bottom line for me is as follows. I have a few different paths I can take one is to take her skiing do a minimal race training program and foster a bond with my daughter and love for a great sport with a minimal financial commitment. She will be a great skier and have the ability to ski anywhere in the world and have fun on any terrain. Just not as a professional and without the pressures of the race commitment.
Another approach is to move to Vail, Squaw etc and invest big money and go for broke to win an Olympic medal. With that comes a serious commitment that will grow financially as she enters teen years. Total investment would be somewhere between $200,000 and $500,000 with the risk that she burns out at 16 mentally and walks from sport in general or as she is performing at a top level injuries can happen to anyone wiping out her peak.
The other main concern for me is the fact she likes the terrain park and doing jumps. So when I commit to racing I wipe out her ability to choose that aspect of the sport as well. I also do know that I can take her through her current race program and terrain park although small into her teenage years and get her into the top of the sport as our home hill has one of the top slope style skiers in today's circuit that grew up here and left in his teenage years.
I think at the end of the day there is no wrong choice and every parent should talk and decide what is best for the kid and the entire family. I appreciate all of the insight and know that I will have some decisions to make. At the end of the day the goal is to have fun at a great sport.