Snowboarders Lawsuit Asked To Be Thrown Out

US Forest Service Leans on Judge to Dismiss



Posted on: 6:13 pm, March 31, 2014, by updated on: 06:38am, April 1, 2014

“SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Forest Service has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed over Alta ski resort’s snowboarding ban.

In court papers filed late Monday in U.S. District Court here, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah asked a judge to dismiss the case. The government says it has sovereign immunity and the group Wasatch Equality has “failed to state a claim on which relief can be granted” under the Fifth Amendment right to due process.

Read the U.S. Forest Service filing here.

In the filing, the federal government also said it has discretion about what activities can take place on public lands.

“For example, the United States may decide to allow fishing within a wildlife refuge, but it may choose to limit particular waters within that refuge only to fly fishing, which necessarily excludes other type of fishing,” assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Bennett wrote.

Wasatch Equality is suing Alta ski resort and the federal government over its snowboarding ban, claiming it violates their rights to equal protection under the U.S. Constitution. In a filing last week, Alta said snowboarders are not a protected class of people.

A hearing in the case is expected in the coming weeks.”

See our original report of the lawsuit here.


Garrett Russell Goes to The Circus

House Team Rider Travels to Japan with LINE Traveling Circus

KONNICHIWA! House Team Rider Garrett Russell joined LINE Traveling Circus for their 5,000 mile journey to Japan. Highlights of the trip: Ramen (lots and lots of Ramen), Monkeys, the smell of foreigners, friendship…oh yeah, and some pretty sick skiing. Check out Garrett and The TC Crew’s shred sesh and creativity on the big island!




The House Ski Team Thrashes at Wild Mountain

Minnesnowta Hammer Down In The Grey

March 21, 2014– It was a warm, greybird day at Wild Mountain. In the early morning, the snow came down wet and heavy, in a furious choke. The Park Crew had spent the week building a channel gap, which had a 60ft transfer, and a Frankenstein rail feature. The snow was turning to sludge, concrete; antagonizing the group of skiers that had assembled to shred. House Team Riders Dan Hampton, Cody Thornberg, and Shane McNally, along with pals Kyle Thornberg, Craig Weiler, Mac Mitchell, Mitch Forsythe, Andrew Tolzmann, and a brief visit from the screamin’ Norwegian Kenny Jorgenson, hammered a stellar full-day session despite Mother Nature’s best efforts to trash the party. Nothing a couple sprays of RainX can’t solve (seriously, these bros sprayed the bases of their skis to make this happen). Big thanks to Kyle Thornberg and the Wild Mountain Park Crew, as well as the entire Wild Mountain Staff.

Music: “Feel The Heat,” WorldCAT Read More

Happy Shane McConkey Day

5th Anniversary of Tragedy Has Special Meaning

On March 26, 2009, Shane McConkey was killed in a tragic ski-BASE jumping accident while filming for Red Bull and Matchstick Productions in the breathtaking Dolomites of Italy. Five years ago, the skiing world lost one of it’s most influential and charismatic characters. One of the fathers of rocker technology, Shane pushed skiing to challenge old ideals and reminded us all that at it’s core, Skiing is a pursuit of happiness. We all lost one of Life’s joy ambassadors and it seemed as though things became a bit darker.

However, it has become increasingly clear, especially with recent events in my life, that the ripple effects of tragic moments should be harnessed for happiness rather than a deployment for sorrow. These moments should stand as a reminder of the tenderness and fragility of life. Rather than using them for points of struggle and condemnation, we can move forward with the awareness of Life’s gentle nature and act out of love rather than anger, passion rather than fear. Let us use this day to act as if Shane would act. Smile and give a smile, live brilliantly and ferociously in every tender moment, lean into them and extract every drop of juice from their fruit, then give back twice as much as you took.

Thank you Shane. Today is your day. “You have one life. Live it.” Read More

Japan’s Famed Japow

No words are needed to explain why this is a must see. Enjoy this clip of powder skiing in Hakkaido, Japan with SASS Global Travel. This is the same guiding company that House Team Rider Garrett Russell works for. Seems like Garrett’s got the right idea… Read More