Word from Sunday River is there won't be an 8th annual Dumont Cup at
Sunday River Ski Resort in Maine in March
2016. Since 2008, Dumont Cup has been the East Coast Free Ski Pro Am Ski event to see
hosted by Simon Dumont. The future of the free skiing event is up in the air,
It seems Simon Dumont may have retired as freeskier and host of the Dumont Cup at Sunday River.
The pro am free skier event has served as a discovery ground for new talent, and a big
snow show on the East coast for almost a decade. It seems Simon Dumont's new passion is
photography over free-skiing, but we can't help run film in our head of past
The last Dumont event, March 2015, under beautiful sunny skies and deep snow base depths, two time Xgames Gold medalist Bobby Brown won the Dumont Cup at Sunday River. Amateur Teal Harle from Canada took second, and X Games Medalist from the UK James Woods grabbed third.
The Dumont Cup quickly became one of the biggest free ski event, attracting international talent, and offering an opportunity to see the top free skiers from XGames Aspen and the Olympics. The Dumont Cup has also proven itself as a predictor of Gold Medalists and Olympians, with skiers like Nick Goepper, Gus Kenworthy and Joss Christensen hitting the podium at Sunday River before and after Sochi. These skiers are buddies with Simon Dumont, dubbed the Godfather of free skiing. They roll deep, they’ve got swagger and they are friendly competitors with the host and kingpin - our boy from Bethel, Simon Dumont.
Every year Simon's Dumont Cup has been bigger and better, as skiers go bigger. The winner of the 6th annual Dumont Cup in 2014 was Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy, with US Olympic bronze team member Nick Goepper finishing second, and Bobby Brown taking third. Olympic Gold medalist Joss Christensen finished 13, surprising after winning so convincingly at Sochi. Just goes to show anything goes at Simon Dumont's big free ski event.
The Dumont Cup is the coolest pro am event in the East that attracts the biggest stars in slopestyle, one of the best freeskiing events in the country! This is your chance to see the hottest names in free skiing (up close and in person) before and after they hit it big, think the Sochi Winter Olympics. Simon Dumont did not compete at Aspen's XGames or Sochi's Olympics (even though he petitioned the IOC to include ski slope style and halfpipe for this first ever Winter Games) due to an injured ACL, he is however the host of his signature Red Bull event - Dumont Cup. Sunday River has a reputation for hosting huge Red Bull sponsored events, like Frozen Rush.
Since Dumont Cup 2014, the free ski event has been held on Simon Dumont's designed terrain park trail T72 at Sunday River - which is located between Dreammaker and 3d on North Peak. T72's 15 acres was laid out by the X Game winner Dumont featuring a jump line, 500-foot superpipe, and rails.
The 5th Annual Dumont Cup
at Sunday River on March 29-30, 2013 brought bright blue sky and sunshine,
and a slope style course on
Rocking Chair Park with monstrous 75' jumps that towered above
the Barker quad lift towers, plus shooter rails, stairs and cannons. The
winner was Nick Goepper from Indiana - taking $12,000 cash at the Red
Bull Signature Ski Event. His switch dub insanity was huge. Gus Kenworthy took 2nd, and Joss
Christensen took 3rd in front of a field of sun worshipping skiers and fans.
Ironically, this is the same roster of winners
from the previous Cup, with Gus and Nick trading up
the top spot, Goepper won the 3rd Dumont Cup!
The 4th Annual Dumont Cup on March 23-24, 2012 at Sunday River saw Gus Kenworthy as winner, with Nick Goepper taking 2nd - defending his 2011 title, and 3rd place went to Joss Christensen. Simon Dumont was not able to ski in his 4th Annual Cup for the first time, Dumont tore his ACL during practice at the Euro X Games in Tignes in early March, then flew to Vail and underwent surgery at the Steadman Clinic, so he hosted his event from the podium, sporting crutches instead of ski poles, so no big tricks like he had done for his inaugural three Dumont Cups.
Simon Dumont started skiing at Sunday River when he was three, like many Maine kids. But Simon went on to hit it big, winning Gold at The Winter X-Games, spots in feature ski films, and a Guinness World Record for launching 35’ above a quarterpipe at his home ski area in April of 2008. Dumont has also bagged a bunch of sponsors (Red Bull, Target, Kicker, Salomon, Oakley, Nike, Giro,) and appearances on TV shows: Ellen, Late Night and the Today Show.
The Dumont Cup was an opportunity to see Olympic and Winter X Games winners ski and compete on the East Coast - Joss Chrsitensen, Nick Goepper, Gus Kenworthy, Tom Wallisch, Alex Schlopy, Bobby Brown, Jossi Wells, PK Hunder, Torin yater Wallace, Matt Walker, Charles and Vincent Gagnier, JF Houle, Colby James West, Alex Beaulieu-Marchand, LJ Strenio and Noah Morrison. in 2016 the Dumont Cup was not held, as Simon Dumont has retired from freeskiing competitively.