Utah ski resort that bans snowboarding faces lawsuit in culture clash on the slopes

  • Article by: PAUL FOY , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 16, 2014 - 5:20 PM

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah resort long known as a skiers' mountain has been sued for refusing to open its slopes to snowboarders — a legal action that again exposed a culture clash on the slopes.

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tooklebigJan. 16, 14 4:24 PM

Since when is any activity, including snowboarding at a private ski resort a right that must be protected by the courts?

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tooklebigJan. 16, 14 4:25 PM

Have the snowboarders pay an additional "fee" to offset the cost or additional risk caused by crazed snowboarders with blind spots.

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poopypineJan. 16, 14 4:59 PM

It is a private ski resort that operates on public land. 85% of the land that Alta operates on is owned by the U.S. National Forest Service. Forest Service land by definition is open use to the public. That is where the controversy originates. @tooklebig - you clearly no nothing about snowboarding. There is no "blind spot" for snowboarders. Your head is looking and aimed downhill just like a skier. Keep it on a swivel, know your surroundings, wear a helmet or stay off the mountain.

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allotropeJan. 16, 14 5:14 PM

"they stop in the middle of the hill and sit down" This! A million times, this! Get to the side of the hill before laying down five abreast.

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poopypineJan. 16, 14 5:24 PM

Coming from a snowboarder...I could not agree more that youth who sit in the middle of a slope are completely inconsiderate. Not to mention risking their own safety. That said, I have seen young skiers do the same thing. This issue is more about the people riding those devices and their maturity level. Please move off to the sides!

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jhb8426Jan. 16, 14 5:27 PM

It may be public land, but on all of the ski areas I've been on that are on USFS land, the ski area sets the rules and is responsible for enforcing them.

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joseupieJan. 16, 14 5:45 PM

There is no "culture war". There is nothing skiers do that snowboarders complain about, except that they are being complained about. There are also plenty of skiers with bad habits. The bottom line is snowboarders have far less control and maneuverability than skiers. I feel safer skiing Mad River, Alta and Deer Valley--it has nothing to do with baggy pants or the word gnarly.

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bythebeachJan. 16, 14 5:59 PM

poopypine - "It is a private ski resort that operates on public land. 85% of the land that Alta operates on is owned by the U.S. National Forest Service. Forest Service land by definition is open use to the public." But the ski resort leases the Forest Service land. The Forest Service has waived complete right of access by contract. Many people lease land from the Forest Service for cabins and homes. Do you also believe you should have the right to use those cabins? Sorry - but it just doesn't work that way.

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ishikawaJan. 16, 14 6:27 PM

pooptpine: You really do not know what you post. So does the contract between Alta and the National Forest Service, in fact explicitly have provisions that snow boards cannot be banned from the property leased to Alta? If not, then Alta can do what ever they think is in the best interest of their business. Snowboarders are not a protected class under current laws and I am reasonably certain the snowboarding lobby will not be successful including it in the protected classes as defined by US laws. Get over it and take your board to another hill.

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davehougJan. 16, 14 6:30 PM

They are asking a federal judge to declare that Alta's ban violates the Constitution's promise of equal treatment under the law. = = = SURE and if you stop me from snowmobiling on the same slope you are violating my 'equal protection' too.......SHEESH

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