Category Archives: Legal and regulatory

Do you poach?

When, if ever, do you ride in terrain that’s been marked off-limits? Lift-served ski areas in the U.S. expect customers to abide by the Responsibility Code, meaning that you might lose your ticket or season pass for an infraction. Here’s … Continue reading

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There is no constitutional right to go snowboarding at Alta

A federal judge in Utah has dismissed a lawsuit claiming that there is a constitutional right to go snowboarding on public lands. While I would prefer snowboards be allowed everywhere skis are allowed, I hope that the judge has put … Continue reading

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Do snowboard instructors merit a carve-out in federal immigration law?

The ski and snowboard world depends on and is influenced by a wide range of occupations and professions, including engineers who design new snowmaking systems, welders and pipefitters who lay new water lines–and politicians who regulate the number and kind … Continue reading

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Boycott Burton?

Is Burton good for snowboarding? It’s a matter for debate in any number of discussion forums, including one for ski and snowboard instructors. For the last several months I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a brief article explaining … Continue reading

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Mad River Glen and the Burton Problem

Three “ski” areas in the country are still ski-only: Snowboards are not allowed. That’s quite a change from the late 1980s. The three are Alta and Deer Valley, in Utah, and Mad River Glen in Vermont. Mad River Glen is … Continue reading

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Some Skiers Just Don’t Like Snowboarders. Live with it.

The Salt Lake Tribune asked its readers to declare their favorite and least favorite mountains for snow sports. It revealed a continued dislike of snowboarders, at least among skiers. The Salt Lake region has two mountains that are ski-only, and … Continue reading

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