|Glad to see the National Forest is partners with a place that keeps the Wasatch closed off to my family. My tax dollars at work!
So this past Sunday my family and some friends decided to go snowboarding at Alta. Of course they had to shut down the lifts, get ski patrol, get the town sheriff and have the President of Alta, Ono Wieringa come down to make sure us snowboarders learned our lesson. We had valid tickets and wanted to enjoy the powder day with family and friends like I do at almost every other resort in the world. I can not believe that a resort that operates on 85% National Forest Public Land is allowed to keep snowboarders out!
I am so tired of this whole fabricated "Snowboarder vs Skier" attitude that Alta perpetuates. I have friends and family that ski and snowboard and we want to be able to shred together. I saw this cover on FreeSkier Magazine and it gave me hope. Maybe people in the ski industry are waking up that we all share the same stoke and it is time to end policies that perpetuate tension. As a snowboarder I am telling skiers and the ski industry that nothing ticks off a snowboarding family more than not being able to ride the same mountains. The worst part is that it is not just any mountain, but Alta, the powder gem of North America. It is meant to be ridden by the ultimate powder device, a snowboard!
This is why I helped form Wasatch Equality. Wasatch Equality is legally challenging Alta and the National Forest regarding their no snowboarding policy on publicly leased land! A few private owners do not get to use public lands as their own private ski country club. The policy is bad for Utah, bad for families and it is time for it to end! I love Alta and do not encourage anything but a "Sunshine Policy" towards skiers.
|My proud snowboarding family at Alta moments after we were denied
|Sliding on snow sideways gets the authorities called. What a joke!
|Hey ski patrol, we are nice people. Don't worry, you can't
catch stoke by touching or getting too close to us! Moments
later some skiers in line started to chant "let em ride, let em ride"
|They let Rick on the lift with the splitboard but was told he
had to ski down by patrol when he got to the top.
|An Altoid promotes harmony among religions, but when it comes to how you
choose to slide downhill there is no coexisting or equality at Alta!
Utah loves the Olympics. We pride ourselves on welcoming the World to Utah in 2002 and now Utah wants to make another Olympic bid. But the dirty little secret is that we don't really welcome snowboarders. Even though snowboarding is one of the highest rated Olympic events, Utah snowboarders are still being shafted. How can "Utah-State of Sport" really be OK with this policy? How can Ski Utah look at my family with a straight face? How can Ski Utah pretend to be on the side of snowboarding and promote visiting here? I am telling you if you are from out of State and want to do a ski trip here with your family of skiers and snowboarders, just go to Colorado or California where you are all welcome. Can you imagine the Ski Associations of Colorado and California promoting no snowboarding policies? How can the Mountain Collective really support a network of resorts that shun snowboarding and expect to sell passes to snowboarders? This makes no sense! How can the Utah Office of Tourism use my tax money to promote places that keep my family out of the Wasatch? It is time that these hard questions start to get asked in our community!
|Olympic athletes deserve better than Utah's no snowboarding
|Looks like someone made a lot of money off snowboarding at the Olympics.
But did Utah Snowboarding benefit?
I also want to point out that Alta has a strict no uphill policy during the ski season and Snowbird has signs that say Alta is no snowboarding but you can ski into Alta. In effect Alta has closed off National Forest Land to snowboarding in the winter. Also keep in in mind that there are over 100 ski resorts that operate on National Forest Land and do not have issues with snowmobiles, tubes, sleds, etc..... Allowing snowboarding on the lifts does not open up the Wasatch to other uses! Get the facts!
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