Random Goodies: Ski Industry Happenings.

Right, time for an update on some happenings in the ski industry. Here we go!

Dumont Cup

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The first ever Dumont Cup is going down this Saturday April 11th at Sunday River, Maine. Hosted by the man himself, Simon Dumont, the competition is open to anyone who thinks they have what it takes to shred with the big boys (big as in ski ability, not necessarily stature, sorry Simon). TJ Schiller, Jossi Wells, Tom Wallisch, Laurent Favre, amongst other super pros, are said to be competing.

The course looks like it will be HUGE. Loaded with everything you would expect from a RedBull/Dumont collaboration; a 70 foot tabletop, 80 foot step down and a few rails for good measure, this looks to be one of the biggest set ups for an open competition to date. The Dumont Cup will undoubtedly be a good show.

Nine Knights

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If Maine is a little too far for you to go to compete, you may want to nix this next competition too. The Nine Knights, hosted by Nico Zacek, will be taking place April 13 - 18 in Nebelhorn, Germany. Last year, the Nine Knights had one of the coolest set-ups (read: wicked cool snow sculpture) ever built.

This years setup looks to be a pretty large step above last years. The snow castle comes complete with its headline feature, a massive step over jump, two quarter pipes (with a channel gap inbetween), a hip jump, a rail feature, and what looks to be a spine. Ohh...and a loop. A Loop? Like JP Auclair circa Propaganda? Yep a loop! This one should be very cool. Options galore! Check out an interview with Nico Zacek about the up comming event.

Superunknown VI Winner

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Level 1 Productions have finally reached a decision on this years Superunknown winner. Much to the dismay of the 100 or so other entrants, Niklas Eriksson took this years title. Niklas' smooth style, technical prowess, and most notabily his performance at this years JOI, helped him to land the title. Big things are expected for the up and commer. Word is he has some pretty nast double flips. Check his latest edit, Superunknown entry video, and what John Symms had to say about the win over at ESPN.

Chris Benchetler Interview

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Atomic pro and Nimbus rider, Chris Benchetler recently participated in a rather interesting interview with the folks at downdays.eu. Benchetler spoke (or didn't) about his new skis, injuries, his season and more. If only more interviews were done like this...what a refreshing change from the ordinary. If you liked the Benchetler interview, check out these interviews with Euro freeskier, Tobi Reindl, and Banana Man!

Remember to check out Benchetler in all the Nimbus webisodes as they continue to drop over the season.

Well, that's all for now. Get out on your shred machines while Grouse Mountain is still truckin!

-cj