Certainly speed events are an issue. There are very few opportunities to train/ski speed in the eastern half of the country. Mount Ste Anne and Massif both lost their speed homologation, there's none in Ontario. The only 2 speed races (SG) my son gets to race this season were Quebec events and were held in Lake Placid (Whiteface). That and Alpine Canada's edict that no DH under the age of 18 coupled with the attrition rate at that age means it is tough to generate a feeder system.
FIS level racing is plain out expensive (money and time) so attracting and retaining athletes where the development opportunities are few and far between is challenging. The provincial teams and development teams are small, Ontario is in the order of 6-8 men and the women's team at least at some point, exists only administratively only so the few "named" athletes can still compete at Nor-Am level events. The Ontario "development" team is only 2 or 3 guys and no women's dev. Realistically only four provinces can field teams (BC, Alberta, Ont, Que) so that would make a total 40ísh men and probably 30ish women in the entire country in the system and small percentage of them could make it to the WC level, and then there's the number of national dev and team spots are only a couple each year because the turnover is low.
Not much a feeder system.
Edited by ZeroGravity - 2/7/15 at 1:03pm