The U.S. Forest Service has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges Alta's ban on snowboards is unconstitutional, saying the ski resort's approved operating plan gives it the right to exclude any "skiing device" deemed a risk, harmful to snow quality or not consistent with its business decisions.
The Forest Service also said due to federal immunity, the court does not have jurisdiction to hear the case. Nor have the snowboarders who brought the suit stated a claim on which relief can be granted, the agency said in a motion filed Monday.
Snowboarders Rick Alden, Drew Hicken, Richard Varga and Bjorn Leines, joined by the snow sports advocacy group Wasatch Equality, filed the lawsuit on Jan. 15. Three days earlier, the snowboarders were turned away from Alta after attempting to board the Collins lift.