The sun came out and the skiers went big this weekend at Sunday River’s 7th Annual Dumont Cup. This pro-am event that began humbly in 2008 soon became the greatest free skiing throw down show down in the East, arguably comparable to Aspen’s Winter X Games at Buttermilk since all the top free skiers show up and blow up, competing in Slopestyle against rising talents on Maine’s slopes where the host, Bethel-native Simon Dumont, learned his tricks.
Until 2016, the Dumont Cup was awesome. Featuring back-to-back X Games Gold Medalist Bobby Brown from Colorado who took first place and the cash purse of $7,500 at the 7th annual event, an final Dumont Cup. Filling the podium Silver and Bronze spots were amateur Teal Harle from Canada and X Games Medalist from the UK James Woods. Nine pros and 74 amateur skiers competed in the two-day Dumont Cup before big crowds and their host – 10-time X Games Medalist Simon Dumont who designed the six rail, three jump course on T72 – Sunday River’s 15-acre terrain trail. The field of free skiers included Olympian Joss Christensen and Alex Schlopy – both past Dumont Cup podium winners.
The 7th annual Dumont Cup was also the last, lucky seven, over and out. Simon is more into photography and traveling these days than hosting his own free ski event in which he no longer skis as he pushed 30, a godfather in free ski years.
If you missed the Dumont Cup at Sunday River – well you missed it! You can go ski Sunday River’s T72, an entire trail dedicated to terrain park jumps, rails, quarter pipes and tricks designed by Simon Dumont himself.
Heather Burke, 2016 Copyright & Photography property of Family Ski Trips