Other than Topolino, Italy, the Whistler Cup is the only other event which allows North American racers to compete against their European counterparts in that age category. The Whistler Cup is a well organized event which has great competition and is FUN. I have had the opportunity to be involved by being a forerunner and supplying a few younger kids with skis (my personal stuff), and will be again at some level. If your child has qualified for the event, send them. It might be their only chance to ski in an event of this size, or it might be the stepping stone for the next level. Most of the top US and Canadian World Cuppers have raced this event, as have many Euros.