The fourth annual “Dumont Cup” kicks-off for a good cause this weekend, March 23rd-24th, at Sunday River in Newry, Maine. Hosted by X Games gold medalist and world record holder, Simon Dumont, the Pro/AM Jam event brings professional and amateur skiers together to promote healthy competition and provide guidance and opportunities for younger riders.
In just three years, the Dumont Cup has gained a reputation for being one of the World’s most prestigious slopestyle contests. This year, the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) platinum-rated event will take place on a course designed by Dumont, located in Sunday River’s Rocking Chair Terrain Park.
Professional skiers including, Jossi Wells, Gus Kenworthy, PK Hunder, Torin Wallace, Alexis Godbout, Joss Christenson, and former Dumont Cup winner, Alex Schlopy are all slated to attend. Schlopy was the first amateur to ever win the Dumont Cup and has since claimed a gold medal at the 2011 X Games in the Big Air competition.
“The Dumont Cup has exceeded all of my expectations”, Dumont commented. “Its incredible that in the last four years this went from a contest we started to help skiers from New England get noticed to becoming the first slopestyle contest to get elevated to platinum by the AFP. ” I’m honored that the ski community would embrace this event so much.”
Contestants will be competing for $25,000 in cash and prizes, which will be awarded to the top eight finishers. Amateur skiers will also have the opportunity to score some great prizes from Dumont Cup sponsors, such as Red Bull, Target, Oakley and Nike 6.0. Qualifiers will be held in two sessions on Friday, March 23 from 10AM until 4:30PM The top 40 amateurs will advance to the semi-finals on Saturday, March 24.
For those who can’t make it to the slopes this weekend, the Dumont Cup will be featured in the nationally televised Red Bull Signature Series on the NBC Sports Network on April 10, 2012, from 12:30 – 1:30AM EST (9:30 – 10:30PM PST), as well as internationally through Dumont Cup event sponsor, Red Bull.