Off the hook.
That sums up
our weekend at
Young kids went
The finals included the top 10 qualifying amateurs (narrowed from a field of over 100) competing with Simonís famous freeskier friends Justin Dorey, Gus Kenworthy, Mike Riddle, Wells, and Wallisch - the winner of the first Dumont Cup last year.
As a parent, I find the inverted air these ski athletes get is plain scary. This is definitely a ďdonít try this at homeĒ situation. But itís truly impressive to see the acrobatics they perform while launching high in the sky. And they look like they are genuinely having fun (yikes), both the pros hanging out with their fellow X Game guys, and the amateurs savoring the opportunity to perform for, and against, their idols.
trick came from amateur Alex Schlopy, who beat out the pros with a switch
double 1440 (I believe thatís a backward double flip with four full rotations
on skis in mid air).
Aside from the daring Dumont Cup, there was very good coverage of carve-able corduroy on all eight peaks at Sunday River. Ski season is far from done my friends.
For more family ski articles by Heather Burke, go to www.familyskitrips.com. Photos by Greg Burke
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.