An Interview with the Princess of the Pipe: Jess Cumming

One of the top women's halfpipe skiers, Jess Cumming recently caught up with Skiing while training for the DEW Tour at Copper Mountain.
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Skiing: How was last season for you?
Jess Cumming: Last year was probably my best competition season to date. I won the US Open halfpipe at Copper, which was great because this is my home mountain and I place 4th at the X Games. I had some other podiums and finished off the season 2nd at the Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival in Whistler. It was a pretty strong winter overall.

Skiing: What are you looking forward to this winter?
JC: I am pre-qualified for everything this season because of my results last year so it’s really taken a lot of the stress off of trying to get into the X Games and the DEW Tour.

Skiing: What do you think about the format for the Winter DEW Tour?
JC: Its weird for girls because only 5 of us are invited to each event where as the other events have 30-40 competitors. After the first event, only 2-3 of us will move onto the next stop. Its set up kind of weird to me because they invited the top 5 women but after the first event three of those women aren’t competing, so technically the next event won’t have the same level of competition. It will be interesting to see how it goes.

Skiing: How do you feel about the women’s ski event only being an exhibition and the prize money discrepancy? ($3k for women’s first place vs. $15k for men)
JC: I think it would definitely be more beneficial for women’s skiing to get TV time more than money. If you’re winning, it’s nice to get a big payout. But overall, everyone will benefit more from increased exposure for our sport.

Skiing: Besides comps, what are your big plans for this winter?
JC: I am working on learning 2-3 new tricks this winter. I have had the same stock run for a while, so I am definitely working hard to learn some new stuff. I’d like to try to get more involved in growing the women’s side of the sport. I have been talking to Copper and Woodward about hosting a girl’s camp in late spring and bringing some pro’s in to do a women’s “super park” type of shoot. And try to get more media exposure for the women who are pushing our sport.

Skiing: Is there anything you are really into at the moment?
JC: Making facebook videos!

Skiing: If you could go anywhere at this moment, where would you go?
JC: Somewhere tropical.

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