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Snowboarders say ban encourages hostility

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 15, 2014 at 12:04 pm •  Published: May 15, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A group of snowboarders suing one of the last U.S. ski resorts to prohibit snowboarding are arguing in a court filing this week that the ban is not only discriminatory and based on stereotypes, but encourages "hostile and divisive skier-versus-snowboarder attitudes."

The snowboarders filed the lawsuit in January claiming discrimination on national forest lands that make up most of the Alta ski area in the mountains east of Salt Lake City.

The court battle has reignited a long-festering culture clash on the slopes between skiers and snowboarders.

Alta attorneys say the decision to promote a snowboarder-free experience to lure skiers is within the ski area's rights and violates no constitutional rights. They said in a motion in April that the lawsuit degrades the U.S. Constitution and should be thrown out.

Lawyers for the four snowboarders point out in the new motion that skiers and snowboarders coexist and thrive together at most resorts around the world, making Alta's ban irrational.

"This case is not about snowboards. Nor is it about skis. Indeed, it has little to do with equipment at all," attorneys for four snowboarders wrote. "At its heart, this case is about Alta and the government arbitrarily classifying groups of people based on animus and other stereotypes and excluding those considered undesirable from benefits freely enjoyed by all others without giving any rational justification."

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