Nick Hall wins Sunday River’s Design a Feature Contest with “urban plaza”

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The votes are in. A winner has been chosen. Now the fun begins—it’s time to build. Sunday River’s Design a Feature Contest is over. We saw creativity like we never thought we would (the mayo jump, for one), but one design rose above the rest: Nick Hall’s urban plaza, featured in the photo below.

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Nick Hall’s urban plaza—Winner of Sunday River’s Design a Feature Contest

Not only does Nick win a trip for four to this year’s Dumont Cup (March 28-29), but he also wins serious bragging rights; panel judge, Simon Dumont himself, liked this design best. See, in 2009, Dumont wanted to create an opportunity for young, aspiring East Coast skiers to gain exposure at his home mountain, Sunday River. Five Dumont Cups later, the success stories of amateur skiers like Nick Goepper and Gus Kenworthy not only satisfied Dumont’s vision, but inspired the folks at Sunday River to build a better terrain park.

In collaboration with Simon and Snow Park Technologies (SPT), Sunday River spent the past several months dreaming, drawing, clearing, blasting, and sculpting 15 acres of North Peak into what will be the playground for the future of this sport. The 18’ superpipe, jib park, all-natural tree lines and progression jump line will provide the bigger ups and longer lines necessary for the up-and-coming athletes, but why stop there?

And that’s where Nick Hall’s winning entry, the urban plaza, comes in. What’s a better way to make a park for the people when it’s by the people? There isn’t, really. Hall’s entry received the nod from an esteemed panel of judges; his masterpiece beat out more than two dozen designs. And while his idea is a noble one, indeed, the folks at Sunday River note that the final build will feature a few slight tweaks to the layout above. But nothing too drastic—they’re already working on getting a shipping container.

So, congrats to Mr. Hall on the win. You’ll be livin’ large at Sunday River this March amid the annual Dumont Cup. And for the rest of you lot, be sure to check out the urban plaza in the all-new T72 park this winter.