Now in its sixth year, the Dumont Cup hosted by Sunday River has become a big draw for slopestyle skiers and fans. The event kicked off today with 97 amateurs hoping to qualifiy for Saturday’s semifinals. Forty will move on.

Skiers prepare to compete in the sixth annual Dumont Cup at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry Friday. Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer

The competition is the creation of Simon Dumont, who was raised in Bethel and attended Telstar Regional High. 

A skier clears the tree line while competing at Sunday River. Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer

Coming Saturday: Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper, the Americans who swept the slopestyle event at the Sochi Olympics.

A skier extends all four limbs while clearing one of the big jumps at at Sunday River. The Dumont Cup continues Saturday. Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer