“This is that negativity I’m talking about. Why would somebody call the police for us coming up here? There’s nothing wrong with us being here. We’re all on public land. What’s the difference between a mono-ski and snowboard?”
What’s the difference between a mono-ski and snowboard….I feel like there’s a punchline here but I’ll leave that to you. Here’s a provocative little video from a few years back from an organization called Wasatch Equality who really really want to snowboard Alta and are willing to pull a bit of civil disobedience to prove their point. Interestingly Alta was one of the first resorts to allow snowboarding but have famously since banned it. The ban has stood for over 30 years and these dudes are dead set on lifting it, citing mono-ski equivalents and public land usage rights. Thoughts?
“In the early days of snowboarding, Alta Ski Area was one of the first resorts to open its lifts to young riders, but complaints against snowboarding and popular opinion at the time lead Alta management to ban the sport indefinitely. Now, more than three decades later, Alta Ski Area is one of the only resorts in the country still refusing to accommodate the snowboard community, and the only resort doing so on public land. Join Wasatch Equality in fighting to overturn Alta’s snowboarding ban.”
“Did you know that Alta only pays the Forest Service $495,000 a year to lease the land it operates on from the Federal Govt? Did you know Vail pays Talisker $25 million to lease the land Canyons operates on. The taxpayer is thus subsidizing a private company to ban snowboarding on public land. Having public land closed off to a huge swath of the public is not the best use of our resources, especially when it is not even an environmental issue. Alta share the shred!”- Wasatch Equality
“Allowed at Alta Ski Area but snowboarding isn’t? Note the Alta sticker.”