Simon Dumont saved the best for last in the opening round of the Honda Ski Tour halfpipe competition Sunday night, posting the highest score of the competition as the last skier out of the gate in round one and winning the competition after no other skier could top his score.
SUN VALLEY, Idaho — Simon Dumont saved the best for last in the opening round of the Honda Ski Tour halfpipe competition Sunday night, posting the highest score of the competition as the last skier out of the gate in round one and winning the competition after no other skier could top his score in round two.
Dumont scored 93.75 points in opening round and tallied 85.25 his second time down the pipe. Each of the 12 competitors skied two times down the pipe, with the higher score determining the final results. Mike Riddle’s second-run score of 89.5 was good enough for second place, and Jossi Wells finished third with an 89.25. Matt Philippi scored 88.5 to finish third.
The Honda Ski Tour kicked off its inaugural event Saturday in Sun Valley with the skiercross competition, won by former U.S. Ski Team racer Paul Casey Puckett. The tour will stop at three more resorts this season, with Breckenridge, Colorado, the next stop Feb. 1-4. It then continues at Aspen, Colorado, before the finals at Squaw Valley, California.
The Ski Tour was founded by Kipp Nelson and Steve Brown, a pair of former University of Colorado alpine racers. Nelson, a trustee of the U.S. Ski Team as well as the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, wants to put the fun back in competition by involving the community.
This weekend’s Ski Tour stop is the first major event to be held in Sun Valley since the resort hosted an alpine World Cup in 1976. When founded, Sun Valley was a hotbed of alpine racing, regularly hosting the Harriman Cup, named after the resort’s founder, Averill Harriman.
The Honda Ski Tour halfpipe competition
(Best of two runs)
Sunday, Jan. 14
Pl Name run 1 run 2
1. Simon Dumont, 93.75, 85.25
2. Mike Riddle, 76.25, 89.5
3. Jossi Wells, 86, 89.25
4. Matt Philippi, 88.5, 24.75
5. Candide Thovex, 84, 61.75
6. Matt Hayward, 82, 83
7. John Symms, 72.75, 29.25
8. JP Solberg, 16.5, 71.75
9. Colby West, 68.75, 70.25
10. Peter Olenick, 37, 62.75
11. Stefan Thomas, 15.25, 43.75
12. Scott Hibbert, 25, 25.5