Dumont Interview in Powder
"Simon! Simon! Simon!"
You can hear the chant from across the silicone-enhanced landscape of the Tropicana pool in Las Vegas. Everyone, even the bronzed men who think a misty flip is something they saw in the Spearmint Rhino last night, is paying attention. Simon Dumont, in Vegas for his 21st birthday, emerges from the poolside bungalow clad in an embroidered black bathrobe with arms out in savior position. He drops his robe and stomps a standing back flip on the slippery, wet concrete.
This is Dumont’s life now as skiing’s biggest luminary in and out of the halfpipe. In the last year, he’s spun records on stage with Tommy Lee, visited the Playboy mansion, and popped three-and-a-half-foot-tall bottles of champagne in Sweden. He’s come a long way since leading his mom around the ski hills of Maine strapped into a harness.
From the beginning, Simon’s career has always been peppered with at least a few podiums every year, but it’s evolved so fast where it’s rare to see him without a giant first-place check. “When I step into the start gate, I expect myself to get on the podium,” he says. “I’m not even that psyched on second or third place anymore. I want to win.”
I’m getting a little older and I need to stay focused a bit more. You’ll still see me out there partying, but I’m going to be mellower. I’ve got a girlfriend now and I’m trying to grow up.
I like winning and I like money and those things go hand in hand.
I used to have a short temper, but now I’m in a place in my life where I can shrug more off and don’t need to be brought down to a lower level.
I have always looked up to Jon Olsson. When I was younger, I loved his style, especially his switch landings. In the past couple of years since meeting him in Mammoth, we’ve become pretty good friends. He’s got a good business aspect and knows how to work the industry to make it all work out in his favor.
I’ve been around for a while and it feels like the time to give something back to skiing because it’s done so much for me. I’m starting my own brand called Empire, but I’m not going to come out and say exactly what the product is just yet. Right now I’m trying to build some brand recognition as a company by a rider for the riders.
I get along with Tanner really well. I hear all this beef that he says this or I say that, but when it comes down to it, we’re competitors, we want to win, and that’s pretty much it. We have a common goal; we both love skiing and we want to make it as big as possible. His direction is backcountry right now, but he also wants to push halfpipe, and I’m psyched on that.
FOR THE REST OF THE INTERVIEW, CHECK OUT THE DECEMBER ISSUE OF POWDER MAGAZINE…