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Should ski resorts be able to ban snowboarders

The age old question can skiers and snowboarders ever really get along? has reared cheap canada goose uk its head again.

Alta in Utah, one of just three ski resorts in North America that Canada Goose Coats On Sale exclusively opens its slopes to skiers, had its snowboarding ban upheld in a federal appeals court on April 19.

A contentious issue Canada Goose sale for many years, the ban prompted a local group of disgruntled snowboarders to file a suit against the resort for discrimination back in 2014. The lawsuit claimed that Alta’s prohibition of snowboarders excludes “a particular class of individuals” from use of public land, and that this was based canada goose store on an irrational discrimination against snowboarders. canada goose factory sale Although the buy canada goose jacket cheap original lawsuit wasdismissed, the snowboarders convincedthe 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals to hear their case.

As already mentioned, the ban was canada goose black friday sale upheld, signifying another loss in the eternal quest for brotherhood between skiers and snowboarders.

A missed opportunity

My overwhelming Canada Goose online response to this latest result is wistful disappointment; there’s often an unresolvedantagonism festering beneath the surface of the skier/snowboarder relationship. Yes it canada goose can be comical “You snowboarders are always sitting on your arses!” and similar jovial rejoinders are seemingly said without malice. But buy canada goose jacket something darker can lurk behind the innocent quips.

Whenever there’s canada goose uk shop a story about a skier and a snowboarder colliding such as the tragic case canada goose coats on sale in February that resulted in the death of a British skier how quickly the accusations fly, Canada Goose Parka particularly in the direction of snowboarders.

Ski resorts Canada Goose Jackets that ban snowboarding

Just think of the lost opportunity to build bridges canada goose uk black friday with this case. If the Alta ban had been overturned, surely the remaining two ski only resorts, Deer Valley in Utah and Mad River Glen in Vermont, would have been canada goose clearance sale forced to follow suit and we would have come closer to recognising that our shared love of the mountains is more cheap Canada Goose important than what we put on our feet!

It’s a “business decision”

Alta prides itself so much on its decision to ban snowboarders that its tagline is “Alta is for skiers” with the subtext uk canada goose presumably Canada Goose Outlet being, “Screw everyone else.” Pedants would argue that there is a cat skiing operation that snowboarders are able to use to explore terrain beyond Alta’s boundaries in canadian goose jacket Grizzly Gulch, but it’s slim consolation considering they are barred from all marked trails. To further rub salt in the wound, neighbouring resort Snowbird, linked to Alta and covered by the same lift pass, does allow snowboarders who pay the same price for a pass but are not allowed to cross into Alta’s ski area.

The resort claims that the prohibition is purely a “business canada goose coats decision” and that it is not biased against snowboarders just their equipment.

In previous court proceedings Canada Goose Online its lawyers also mentioned an alleged “blind spot” in snowboarding that made it more dangerous.

Are snowboarders more dangerous?

Of course, the old canada goose uk outlet argument flares up with particular venom whenever claims are made that one or the other snow sport is less safe and generalisations of “dangerous driving” are often levelled at snowboarders without any evidence to back it up. I have seen skiers and snowboarders alike making their way erratically down the slopes, unable to control their speed they’re the embodiment of an accident waiting to happen. When you get down to it, uk canada goose outlet there are dangerous skiers and canada goose clearance dangerous snowboarders. Attitude and skill, rather than equipment, determines whether a canada goose official person will be a hazard.