Here we go again… Thanks to the good folk at Yobeat, we’ve been alerted to another attempt to ban snowboarding from an American ski resort. Alta, Deer Valley (both in Utah) and Mad River Glen (Vermont) are still the only three that have a ban on their books, but that could change if reports from Washington State are to be believed.
It seems the fuss began last year when one of the ski patrollers at Crystal Mountain (who is also the resort owner’s wife) wrote a piece called ‘The Trouble With Snowboarding‘, which attempted to dress up one or two pieces of anecdotal evidence as a valid argument as to why snowboarding “is in decline”. She doesn’t quite pull out the classic “bloody snowboarders, scraping all the snow off the hill” cliché, but it’s not far off. She followed up her comments by specifically referring to her home mountain: “Crystal is a mountain more conducive to skiers because of the terrain–shallow cat tracks and depressions make it tough on snowboards. We didn’t make the terrain.” Lots of bank-and-forth with snowboarders and fellow bloggers followed, and she eventually took the article down.
Now she herself isn’t calling for the ban, and the mountain hasn’t released anything official to that end, but the local buzz is that it’s definitely being considered. If so, it’s a shame this is happening in Washington, the state that Mt Baker – epicentre of the rise of modern snowboarding – calls home.
It’s also worth noting that there are no bans in Canada, and the idea of a Euro resort outlawing snowboarding is still just April Fool fodder. So how come the Land Of The Free is the only one making some of their resorts anything but?