Thursday, January 16, 2014

Quoted: Alta Sued Over Snowboard Ban

Ski, Esq. founder David B. Cronheim was quoted in an article in yesterdays edition of First Tracks Online in a story about a lawsuit filed against Alta and the US Forest Service by a group of snowboarders.

"The Plaintiffs contend that Altas snowboard ban violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, but their theory is far-fetched, opines Cronheim . Stated simply, snowboarders are not a protected class, so the defendants must merely show that they had a rational basis for enacting the ban. This is a very low standard and will likely be easy for Alta and the Forest Service to meet."
Alta has in the past asserted that its terrain is not conducive to snowboarding and, therefore, it only permits skiers, Cronheim explains. In contrast, the Plaintiffs argue that this terrain-based explanation is merely a pretext for poorly veiled animus against snowboarders. However, Altas ubiquitous narrow traverses are ill-suited for snowboards in many instances. Poling along the uphill or flat portions of these cat tracks is often required and when even a single person stops, the possibility of a chain reaction collision is real danger.

Additionally, Alta is one of the oldest ski resorts in the country so there may be a rational basis found in preserving the unique history of the resort. Either of these reasons, along with numerous others, should allow the ban to stand. The Plaintiffs lawsuit is almost certainly doomed to fail, concludes Cronheim.


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