Discrimination Against Snowboarders?

January 7, 2015

  • 315T Public Amusement and Entertainment
  • 315TIII Right of Admission or Accommodation; ‚ÄČTickets
  • 315Tk66 Right of Owner or Operator to Exclude, Eject or Control Conduct of Persons Attending

01-07-15Because privately-owned operator of ski resort located largely on United States Forest Service (USFS) land had rational basis under the Fourteenth Amendment for banning snowboards, including that its chosen business model catered to a skier-only market, it did not matter, for equal protection purposes, whether operator’s decision was also based on animus towards snowboarders in the belief that they were undesirable people with obnoxious habits and characteristics; alleged animus was not based on a protected status or a fundamental right, and resort’s policy banned only snowboards, not people.

Wasatch Equality v. Alta Ski Lifts Co., 2014 WL 4743837, (D. Utah, 2014)