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Friday, March 16, 2012
Updated: March 25, 9:54 AM ET
Return of the Dumont Cup

By Robin Macdonald
ESPN.com

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The fourth annual Dumont Cup returns to Sunday River, Maine, this weekend. This year, the Association of Freeskiing Professionals announced that the Dumont Cup has been elevated to platinum status, putting it on the same level as events like the Winter X Games and the Dew Tour. The contest is open to both pro skiers and amateurs and will be televised nationally on NBC on April 10.

Dumont helped design the Slopestyle course with Sunday River's terrain park crew. Qualifiers take place Friday, with the top 40 advancing to semi-finals on Saturday. From semi-finals, 20 qualifying athletes will move on to compete against invite-only pros in the finals.

We spoke to Dumont last week in Tignes, France.