It's always awesome to see pros give back to the sport, and mountain, that helped them get their start and find their true calling. That's why for four years running, Dew Tour and X Games medalist and freesking World Record holder Simon Dumont has been returning to the sunny slopes of Sunday River, ME to host the Pro/AM Jam Competition, fittingly dubbed "The Dumont Cup". On March 23-24, Dumont and his X-Game buddies will ski, judge and hangout alongside amateurs vying for a spot in the Pro/Am Final.
The Dumont Cup was created by pro skier Simon Dumont in 2008. Photo Courtesy of Sunday River.
The Dumont Cup draws huge crowds and talent from far beyond the Northeast. Last year The Cup saw more than 100 athletes from all over the globe compete for thousands of dollars in cash and prizes and the opportunity to be judged and mentored by Dumont himself. The competition is sure to be tough with $25,000 in cash prizes up for grabs and of course, one of the gnarliest trophies in the sport of skiing.
The Dumont Cup trophy -- straight from the mantle of a Maine hunting lodge. Photo Courtesy of Sunday River.
On Friday, its go time in the Rocking Chair Park at Barker Mountain when the amateurs are split into morning and afternoon sessions. Dumont & his crew of fellow pros will ski with the Open Amateur Jam and select 20 skiers from each session to move on to the semi-finals on Saturday morning. Semis will cut the field in half after the best of two runs and send 20 skiers on to the finals where they'll take on Dumont and the other pros for a final jam.
This year, the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) announced that the Dumont Cup will be the first slopestyle event ever to be given a Platinum status, creating the highest level of competition in the country for both amateur and professional skiers. If you can't make it to the mountain, you can catch The Cup on NBC Sports on April 10 from 12:30-1:30 a.m as part of the Red Bull Signature Series.
For complete event schedule and last-minute registrations visit dumontcup.com