Lawsuit Over Alta Ski Area’s Historic Ban Rejected Once Again


The historic Alta Ski Area’s long-standing ban on snowboarding has been upheld once again

June 23, 2016- Fox 13 in Salt Lake City has reported that a federal  lawsuit challenging the snowboarding ban in Alta Ski Area has been rejected, continuing the long-standing ban. In a one-page order, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver refused to re-hear the lawsuit filed by the group Wasatch Equality. The group had tried previously to sue the resort and the U.S. Forest Service over the ban, and was unsuccessful.

Wasatch Equality is basing their lawsuit on the fact that they say the ban restricts their Fourth Amendment rights, and by denying snowboarders access to the slopes that skiers enjoy, infringes upon their equal protection rights. Normally, cases that site the restriction of equal protection rights concern race, gender, sexuality, and similar topics.

Although their latest lawsuit has been rejected, Wasatch Equality can still appeal their case in the Supreme Court.

You can read the order from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals here.

This is not the first time that the Alta Ski Area snowboarding ban has been challenged. in April 2016, Wasatch Equality and pro snowboarder Bjorn Leines made their displeasure with the ban public, saying that not allowing snowboarders to exercise their rights on public land was discriminatory. However, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals did not agree with them. Transworld Business reported in April 2016 that siding with a lower court’s ruling, the decision, “Alta had a right to enforce its policy because the U.S. Forest Service didn't influence the decision and therefore it wasn't a blanket "state action" that could have amounted to discrimination.”

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