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.

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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