It seems the Alta argument has reached litigation. 4 Utah riders have teamed with Wasatch Equality and filed suit against Alta and the US Forest Service for infringing on their 14th Amendment rights, specifically The Equal Protection Clause. Finally, the Skier v. Snowboarder rivalry will be addressed by the judicial system and has reached its much deserved spot among other notable 14th Amendment cases like Bush v. Gore, Roe v. Wade, and Brown v Board of Education. This lawsuit is laughable at best. I am a skier and I have no qualms with snowboarders. Some of my best friends ride and I love to ski with them. The Skier v. Snowboarder rivalry is moronic. This lawsuit is merely a cry for publicity and shows the snow sports world in a very poor light. Alta discriminates no individual or group, rather they do not allow specific equipment. Why not file a claim that the USFS infringes on my 14th Amendment rights by not allowing me to bike of hiking trails? Why can’t I snowmobile on the USFS land Alta leases? It’s my right as a US Citizen, right? To equate this as an infringement on 14th Amendment rights is ludicrous. Infringements of that level equate to fraud, abortion rights, and racial segregation. My reaction when first hearing of this lawsuit: “Ugh…really?!”
What do you think? If you have a reaction to this lawsuit please leave an educated response in the comment section. I am not looking for internet trolling. I am looking to start an open dialogue. Perhaps we can begin to shed the nonsensical rivalry and explore our common bond. Read More
Skiing and Snowboarding Slopestyle is brand new to the Olympic Event Schedule in the 2014 Sochi Games. The Action Snow Sports Industry and the culture which surrounds it has been buzzing with anticipation, seeing this inclusion as extending the reach of these disciplines, adding legitimacy, and furthering the overall progression of skiing and snowboarding. NBC Sports and Primetime Olympic Anchor Bob Costas mirrored this excitement by drawing the obvious parallels between tricks like a switch 10 or corked out backflip with farting into a tube attached to a space helmet Steve O is wearing and pooping onto a model of a bathroom. Read More
Teton Gravity Research’s webisode series “Behind The Line” grants the audience a behind-the-scenes look into the creation of technical lines, innovative jib sessions, or whatever else TGR athletes can dream up. The series, in its 6th season, has highlighted some of the most demanding and jaw dropping lines a skier could ever imagine. Here are some of our favorite episodes.
On Friday December 20, Afton Alps Ski Area unveiled her new Terrain Park built by X Games Course creators Snow Park Technologies. This is just the cherry on top of the $10million in improvements Vail Resorts has constructed since acquiring the family run ski hill last winter. PaddyO and 3 of The House’s Team Riders, Todd Kirby, Brennen Swanson, and Jordan Daniels, were on hand to put the park to the test.
The House’s Team Riders had an emphatic positive reaction. The new tow rope provides numerous, quick laps. The features are clean and have a good flow. The new jump line is among the best in the Midwest and the one-of-a-kind SPT constructed Signature Feature Wall Ride is “great and gives the rider unlimited options.” However both need refinement. Kirby, Swanson, and Daniels expressed a desire for the Wall Ride to be moved uphill allowing for an easier traverse to the tow rope. The Jump Line could be reduced to 2 large hits instead of the current three.
Kirby stated ” The Jump Line is a great start but there is too much speed being carried from the second landing to the third jump. I would make either two jumps or else make the third jump bigger. The Jump Line is one of the best in the Midwest! No Joke! Little improvements like that will make them even better!”
All three Team Riders described the park as the best and most fun it has ever been while they kicked back in the comfortable and stylish new Landing Zone. PaddyO was seen dance fighting locals for burrito money. When asked to comment he barked “I’m the best gall darn ski boot dancer on this hill,” then consumed a burrito in two sloppy bites. He was last seen combing guacamole out of his mustache.
The most exciting and refreshing decision Afton has made in regards to the new park is their desire to work directly with the park rider. Afton understands this park is an on-going creation, merely version 1.0. They have been taking feedback from riders on hill and via their Facebook Page. If you have ideas, express them in a clean and thoughtful way. Afton Alps is ready to listen and create the most Epic Park the Midwest has ever seen.
Photos: Stephan Jende, http://stephanjende.com/
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