Get ready for the largest and only major East Coast freeskiing event of the year with the world’s upcoming amateur ski athletes on the slopes of Sunday River Resort for the 5th Annual Dumont Cup during the weekend of March 29-30. Athletes from around the globe including the United States, Canada and Europe gather for this epic event in hopes of winning the Cup and rising in the ranks for a future career in freeskiing. The Dumont Cup is the only slopestyle event recognized by the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) to be awarded platinum status that raises it to the level of some of the top slopestyle contests in the world.
Amateur going big in the 2012 Dumont Cup | Photo: Sundayriver.com
Created by professional freeskier and 9-time X Games Medalist Simon Dumont, the Dumont Cup is a slopestyle event based in New England where the next generation of ski athletes compete with professionals of the sport in which they idolize and attempt to rise in the ranks with them.
Dumont commented on the success of the event, “I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved with this event. When we started out, it was our goal to give New England amateur skiers a chance to get noticed and to help expand the audience for slopestyle skiing. Since that time, the Dumont Cup has received support from contestants around the World, been formally recognized by the AFP, and we’ve seen several winners go pro. I’m proud of what this contest has achieved in such a short time.”
Besides Dumont, the past professional competitors of the Dumont Cup include Tom Wallisch, Gus Kenworthy, Peter Olenick, and Jossi Wells.
Nick Goeper and Ken Gusworthy are just a few regular professionals on the circuit that were once formerly amateur athletes who won the Dumont Cup in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Because of their success and exposure in the Dumont Cup, their ski career was launched into what is now thriving on a professional level.
Winners of 2012 Dumont Cup( 1st pl.)Gus Kenworthy, (2nd pl.) Nick Goepper, (3rd pl.) Joss Chrisbanson | Photo: Sundayriver.com
Former amateur athletes like Nick Goeper and Ken Gusworthy, now regulars on the pro circuit, took home the Dumont Cup in 2011 and 2012 respectively, providing them with a launching pad for their current high-profile professional careers.
With cash and prizes awarded to the top three, amateur skiers also have the chance to be recognized by the Dumont Cup sponsors such as Red Bull, Target, Oakley, Sunday River, HEAD, Toyota, Giro, Rockwell, Empire Attire, and Kicker.
On Friday, March 29, from 10:00 AM until 4:30 PM / EST, the two-session Qualifiers give amateur skiers the opportunity to earn a spot to compete with the pros. The top 20 amateurs will advance to the semi-finals.
Air time at the 2012 Dumont Cup | Photo: Sundayriver.com
On Saturday, March 30 during the semi-finals and final rounds, professional and amateur skiers battle head-to-head for the Cup. The athlete with the highest point total will be awarded the Dumont Cup. Judges will decide who earns the top three spots and who will be claimed as an MVP amateur of the Dumont Cup.
Register to compete in the Dumont Cup and potentially take your skiing to a professional level.
Space is limited so sign up soon!