Dumont Cup Preview: Oakley Skier Simon Dumont Brings All Eyes Of The Ski World To Maine
Highly touted as one of the best skiers on the planet, Oakley athlete Simon Dumont will host the 4th Annual Dumont Cup this weekend at the Sunday River Resort in the mountains of Newry, Maine. Originally created to showcase some of the best skiers in the New England area, the Dumont Cup has quickly turned into one of the most highly anticipated ski competitions of the year. The unique event allows for both amateur and professional skiers from around the world to display their skills at the highest level. Further proving its importance, this year the Dumont Cup has been elevated from gold to platinum status by the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP).
As an eight-time X Games Medalist and World Record Holder, Simon Dumont is recognized as an extremely influential member of the ski and action sports communities. Simon has used his elite status to create an event that has grown from it’s original intent as an amateur showcase, into one of the premier professional ski events in the world. The competition has launched the careers of many of today’s top freeskiers. Simon couldn’t be more proud about the Dumont Cup’s surge to the top of the charts.
“The Dumont Cup has exceeded all of my expectations,” says Simon. “It’s 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.”
Scheduled for March 23-24, in Sunday River’s Rocking Chair Terrain Park, the Dumont Cup will feature an amazing slopestyle course, designed by Simon himself. The judging panel will consist of five prominent AFP judges with one Head Judge and $20,000 in cash and prizes are up for grabs for the top three finishers in the pro portion of the event. The amateurs will compete for some great prizes from the event sponsors. The Dumont Cup can be caught on NBC on April 10, 2012 as a part of the Red Bull Signature Series.
Many of the Oakley skiers will be in Maine to tear it up at Sunday River, including Jossi Wells, Joss Christensen and Alex Schlopy.
While the ski community is bummed that Simon won’t be able to compete in this year’s event due to a recent injury, he’ll still be in Maine to play host to the Dumont Cup. A huge thank you goes out to Simon from everyone at Oakley and throughout the ski world for hosting such a killer competition.