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April 3, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Should boarders be forbidden at ski slope?

Skiers on a chairlift and slope at Utah's Alta resort, where snowboarders are banned. (AP file photo/Douglas C. Pizac

Skiers on a chairlift and slope at Utah’s Alta resort, where snowboarders are banned. (AP file photo/Douglas C. Pizac)

The winter-sports season is winding down, but the debate over a Utah ski resort that forbids snowboarders is heating up.

A lawsuit against the Alta ski resort has ended up in federal court, with snowboarders saying they’re being discriminated against on public lands (Alta has a permit to use U.S. Forest Service land, like many ski areas).

Alta says it has the right, under its permit, to restrict any type of skiing device that could be an unncessary risk to other skiers – and argues that snowboarders’ long, sweeping turns and blind spots could endanger skiers.  And this week, Forest Service lawyers backed Alta.

What do you think about this long-simmering controversy on the slopes?  Should Alta, and other resorts, be able to keep out boarders?  Vote in the poll below. And add a comment, if you wish, if you’ve had a problem with boarders – or with skiers.

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