A federal appeals court backed Alta ski area, UT’s ban on snowboarders today. The court said that Alta has a right to exclude snowboarders and only allow skiers to use the ski area.
The ruling came from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals today. The court dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of snowboarders who want Alta to change its policies to allow snowboarders.
The snowboarders have been arguing for years that it is discriminatory to exclude snowboarders at Alta.
A federal judge in Utah also threw out the snowboarders’ case in 2014. That judge stated that snowboarders don’t have a constitutional right to snowboard.
“To put it simply, Plaintiffs’ case fails because there is no law to support it. The Equal Protection Clause is not a general fairness law that allows everyone who feels discriminated against to bring an action in federal court.” – federal judge back in 2014 on Alta’s snowboarding ban
The US Forest Service also backs Alta on this issue.
Alta claims that it discriminates against equipment, not people.
Deer Valley, UT and Mad River Glen are the only other US ski resorts that ban snowboarding.