We'll see. Note that what I'm talking about IS NOT WC in North America, it's an alternative. And it's not the pro tour of the past, it's an alternative to the WC in North America. Yep, it wouldn't be trivial to put it together, but I'm pretty sure it can be done. As I said in my post, it would take $$$, up front, and organization, and some success to keep it going. Realistically, it is probably a long shot to put together, but it's not impossible.
I tend to think that if you follow the money, you see where things are likely to go. I'm not sure where you're headed with saying that skiing is not popular in the US. Skiing itself is very popular, and although it's a niche market, ski racing is also tremendously popular.
Is skiing really a European sport? Maybe, as long as the money keeps flowing in that direction. That may not obtain forever. The Colorado US resorts have a wide international clientele, including, I'm told, some German skiers who would, apparently, rather ski Vail than Garmisch in February, if for no other reason than the exchange rate is favorable and the snow is generally better in Colorado. Look at the reverse effect. I'd like to see the data that says Company X sells more skis in Austria than in the US, but regardless...the US market isn't insignificant, and I'm not sure why the Euro manufacturers would want to walk away from an existing market like that. I've raced in 5 Masters International events, all in the US. I haven't been to Europe in a while,so last season, I started talking with my teammates about making a trip to Europe, maybe next winter, to watch some WC and race in some Masters events. I get the distinct feeling we're not wanted, though, and that it wouldn't be all that much fun, so guess what? We decided that we're not going. Instead, we're going to take the 3 to 5K dollars each of us was going to spend and maybe go hit some races and places we've never been before...in the U. S. and Canada, or maybe South America next summer.
You might be right about the WC being same old/same old a year from now. If that's the case, I don't want it any more, and I think that is a sentiment that's growing here across the pond. If we don't have WC in the U. S., or an alternative to the WC in the US, that's okay, too. If all I can do is continue to ski on good, clean snow in the Rockies, do some Masters races, and watch some ski races in the US, that'll be fine. US Masters has taken the position that the FIS regs on equipment are a recommendation, not a requirement. I doubt that's going to change, and I have a sneaking suspicion that at least some manufacturers are going to continue to make gear that we're willing to buy. I believe Rossignol developed a GS ski last year specifically for Masters racers. I've been Atomic for a long time...and I'm beginning to wonder why. I'm a self funded amatuer racer, which has its downside, but the good part is that I can ski on anything I want, anywhere I want, any time I want. I don't have the USSA, or my equipment supplier, or the FIS telling me what to do. And that's the way I was raised, and that's the way I like it.
Up until about a week ago, for me, it was tremendously important to me that the FIS see the light, change their stance on the equipment regs, and help to make the WC a better race series. Now, it doesn't matter that much to me. I get this feeling that you believe that the WC is, and always will be, the only game in town. All I can say is that the Roman empire was pretty much top dog until it started spending more time at the Coliseum than staying on top of the world. Things change, or as Ken Kesey once said, "Nothing lasts." If the WC gets straightened out, good, If not...see you later, WC, and have a nice life...
I'm not sure if you are serious with this or is this another joke I don't get (like Vitamin Ski wrote before). Anyway... let's assume you are serious. So let's hop 20 or 25 years in past. You most likely remember something called US Pro ski tour. It's basically exactly same thing you are talking about, just that it was happening 20 years or so ago. With how much success? ;)
Next thing... how popular is skiing in USA? Based to this what I saw, not really. So do you really think you can create something similar to current World cup? I sincerely doubt. Next money... how many US based sponsors are currently in WC? I don't think I remember single one, so I have no idea why all of a sudden this would change, and there would be numerous sponsors waiting in line for new tour.
And last... do you really think ski companies give much of care for US market? They sell more skis just in Austria, then they do in whole USA, so I think it's not too hard to figure it out, where they will go ;) If you like it or not, skiing is more or less European sport, and realistically looking, there's no way some "The North American Championship Series" has much chances for success. But of course I'm not the one telling you, you can't give a go. Feel free, establish it, and try to run it.
All I'm saying after all this is, that I'm pretty sure in a bit less then a year, nothing will change, and I will write in this thread "I told you so a year ago". ;)