The Next Move: Simon Dumont on Stepping Away, Olympics, Dumont Cup and the Future
Simon Dumont is done, but not finished. His competitive days are (mostly) behind him, but he still has so much that he wants to do within the sport of freeskiing. That next chapter begins this week with sixth edition of the ever new-and-improved Dumont Cup at Sunday River Resort in Maine. A whole new course, a decorated list of pros and then … who knows. Dumont has ideas, lots of them, but he’s not yet ready to share them in their entirety. Just know, there’s still a lot to come from the 27-year-old.
We talked Dumont days before the Dumont Cup kicked off.
It didn’t go as planned, but what were your takeaways from 2013/14 season?
What were my takeaways from the season? I hate skiing halfpipe. I mean, it just was what it was. I was not into it, I wasn’t having fun skiing halfpipe. My head wasn’t in it at all and it just didn’t work out. So now I get to look to other ventures in my life, which is exciting. So it’s nice to shift gears and do something else besides just competing and do the things in skiing that are enjoyable to me.
Do you still feel good about your decision to step away from competition?
I mean, I would have done it last year. I’m over it, I don’t feel like I need to prove myself under those circumstances anymore. I don’t need to ski halfpipe when it’s seven in the morning and it’s snowing, the conditions aren’t fun. I’ve don’t that enough and it’s not fun for me anymore. I feel like I’ve proved myself competitively so now, hopefully, I paved the way to make it easier for me to be more involved in the other aspects of skiing that I enjoy, like filming and things of that nature.
You are one of the athletes who really paved the way for freeskiing to get into the Olympics. What were your thoughts on how the sport was conveyed in Russia?
I thought slopestyle was awesome, but that’s because the weather was nice, the course was great, everything was great. The pipe was not up to par in Russia. I don’t think they maintained it right, don’t think they had the right cutter, and obviously during the ski finals, it was dumping snow and the variables weren’t there. But people performed and it was a pretty good showing. I just thought it could have been a lot better. Whatever, it’s one event.
The Dumont Cup is just days away. What’s new?
The big thing for this year is Sunday River built me an entire run, specifically for the Dumont Cup and a new park, which just shows that they are understanding of the way things are moving toward freeskiing; they just showed a ton of dedication there. And then I brought in a guy named Craig Coker, who does a contest called War of Rails, to help me design the course. So, it’s going to be the most unique slopestyle course to date, I hope. We’ve still got a lot of work and pushing to do, but the concept is very unique so hopefully we pull it all together and it can be one of the cooler slopestyle events around.
Is there any one feature on the course that stands out to you?
You’ll have to see. Wait until you see the whole top section. There’s three different channels and different options, there’s just a lot of different lines and a lot of unique ways to ski the course. We’ll see how people piece it together.
After Dumont Cup wraps, what’s next for you?
Not much. I’m hoping to do the Dumont Cup, put a bunch of time into this and then disappear. Maybe go on a vacation or do something because I’ve just been dealing with injuries for the last three years. I’ve missed spring, haven’t been able to ski here in the fun times, so that’s tough, and I haven’t been on vacation. So, go do some stuff for myself and hang out. And then I’m already starting to figure out what I’m going to do for a movie project next year: who I’m going to film with, what athletes, how we’re going to do it, so on and so forth. I’d also love to do a TV show. I’ve got things up my sleeve, but time will tell.
For everything you might want to know about the Dumont Cup, check out the website, www.dumontcup.com.