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Apr 13

Why do we love this cake? Because two skiers who met through @SKIBUMS just got married in California — congrats, Alex & David!

Why do we love this cake? Because two skiers who met through @SKIBUMS just got married in California — congrats, Alex & David!

Apr 10

Africa's Anti-Gay Movement Spreads to Ethiopia -

This is bad. Read more from the AP >

Apr 07

The Great Alta Debate - POWDER Magazine -

From Powder Magazine:

It seemed like a long time coming, but Alta’s “skiers versus snowboarders” quarrel finally boiled over from barroom to courtroom this January, when a group of snowboarders filed a formal complaint in federal court alleging the Utah resort’s no-snowboarders policy violates their Constitutional rights under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

After months of silence, a stoic Alta finally spoke its piece at the end of March, and did so emphatically, filing a motion to dismiss the case entirely. The snowboarder’s argument, according to the mountain, would never hold up in court, didn’t deserve a trial, and was a gross misinterpretation of the law.

Said Alta’s lawyers in their most recent court filing, “It demeans the Constitution to suggest that the amendment that protected the interests of former slaves during Reconstruction…must be expanded to protect the interests of those who engage in a particularized winter sport.”

Working in conjunction with snow sports advocacy group Wasatch Equality, snowboarders Rick Alden, Drew Hicken, Richard Varga, and Bjorn Leines had originally claimed that Alta’s no-snowboarders policy—a policy dating back to the 1980s—was discriminatory by nature and should not be allowed on the public land that Alta leases from the United States Forest Service. The group maintained that snowboarders were being kept from public land unlawfully, and that they were being denied access to that land because of a general dislike, or animus, by the Alta organization and community—a violation of the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.

The Equal Protection Clause is meant to protect groups of people against harmful bias, in this case a bias that Wasatch Equality’s lawyer Jon Schofield feels has kept snowboarders from gaining legal access to the resort’s terrain.

“They are perpetuating this ‘hate snowboarders’ attitude,” claims Hicken, one of the four longtime snowboarders involved in the suit. “When Baldy access was opened from the Snowbird side two seasons ago, we were heckled by skiers at the top, near the exit of the lift station, and again in the parking lot. You can get a sense of how the people [at Alta] think.”

Yet, according to Bill Gilbert, a third party discrimination lawyer from Seattle, that doesn’t constitute a successful discrimination claim.

“Snowboarders, I don’t care how they spin it in the lawsuit, are not a protected class,” says Gilbert. “They are trying to make a push to be considered a protected class by saying that they are treated like they are different, and I think that will get thrown out in court.”

Learn more about future plans in Utah — including an idea to link all seven Wasatch resorts — which is gaining steam in Utah and might actually open up Alta to snowboarding >

Apr 05

#ski #skiing #avalanche #danger #snowboard #snowboarding

#ski #skiing #avalanche #danger #snowboard #snowboarding

Apr 04

It’s hard to believe that the end of our winter season is here — if you’re in NYC, come celebrate with us on Thursday night! #skibums #gay #lgbt #ski #skiing #snowboard #snowboarding

It’s hard to believe that the end of our winter season is here — if you’re in NYC, come celebrate with us on Thursday night! #skibums #gay #lgbt #ski #skiing #snowboard #snowboarding

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Apr 03

Ah, who misses the #skibums après ski bus parties? #somuchfun #ski #skiing #snowboard #snowboarding #lgbt #gay

Ah, who misses the #skibums après ski bus parties? #somuchfun #ski #skiing #snowboard #snowboarding #lgbt #gay

Apr 01

Lesbian Olympic snowboarder Belle Brockhoff needs funds for upcoming season -

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Mar 31

“When Christians declare that they would rather withhold aid from people who need it than serve alongside gays and lesbians helping to provide that aid, something is wrong.” — http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2014/03/31/how-evangelicals-won-a-culture-war-and-lost-a-generation/

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OkCupid Urges Firefox Users To Switch Browsers Over New CEO’s LGBT Rights Stance >

Wow, GO @OkCupid, go!

OkCupid Urges Firefox Users To Switch Browsers Over New CEO’s LGBT Rights Stance >

2 Ski Officials to Step Down After Shaking Things Up -

Mar 29

Gorgeous #powder days in #Utah!!! #wasatch #snowbird #alta #brighton #ski #skiiing #snowboard #snowboarding #lgbt #gay

Gorgeous #powder days in #Utah!!! #wasatch #snowbird #alta #brighton #ski #skiiing #snowboard #snowboarding #lgbt #gay

Mar 28

20 Ways to Make Your Ski Photos Not Suck -

Newschoolers explains it all for you >

Mar 26

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