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Slopestyle Asks, When Is a Risky Sport Too Dangerous?

Is Slopestyle too dangerous for the Olympics? Hear from the experts in this story in the New York Times >

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!

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 >

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#ski #skiing #avalanche #danger #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

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

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

Lesbian Olympic snowboarder Belle Brockhoff needs funds for upcoming season

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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

We’ve got some amazing women on our #Snowbird trip — we hope they’ll march with us again for Pride this year! #gay #lgbt #skibums #ski #skiing #snowboard #snowboarding #pride

We’ve got some amazing women on our #Snowbird trip — we hope they’ll march with us again for Pride this year! #gay #lgbt #skibums #ski #skiing #snowboard #snowboarding #pride

We’re returning to JAPAN!!! Sign up now to get in on the most exclusive @SKIBUMS trip of 2015! #only23spots #ski #skiing #snowboard #snowboarding #niseko #hirafu #japan #hokkaido #gay #lgbt

We’re returning to JAPAN!!! Sign up now to get in on the most exclusive @SKIBUMS trip of 2015! #only23spots #ski #skiing #snowboard #snowboarding #niseko #hirafu #japan #hokkaido #gay #lgbt

We wanna go back!!! #alaska #chugachpowderguides #girdwood #alyeska #ski #skiing #snowboard #snowboarding #skibums #gay #lgbt

We wanna go back!!! #alaska #chugachpowderguides #girdwood #alyeska #ski #skiing #snowboard #snowboarding #skibums #gay #lgbt

A very bright kid is making headlines in Sapporo…  exciting day for us to announce our return to Sapporo, Niseko & Tokyo in 2015!

learn more about this inspiring speech and check out our return trip to Japan! >

The Schlager: The Strange Case of a German Pop-Music Song Form

As we plan our return to St. Anton, Austria, it’s going to be hilarious to return to the land of infamous après-ski sing-a-longs, to a whole genre that you only hear in the Swiss and Austrian Alps, known as schlager.

For the music nerds out there, this is a fascinating breakdown of the history and style of the songs that you simply won’t be able to get out of your head…

Read the in-depth article >

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#crevasses!!! #chamonix #ski #skiing #snowboard #snowboarding #skibums #lgbt #gay #france #chamonixbums