Snowboarders fight ban at Utah resort in appeals court

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Columbus CEO

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An appeals court in Denver is set to hear Tuesday from a group of snowboarders who argue a ban on their sport at Utah's Alta Ski Area amounts to discrimination.

The lawsuit has brought attention to the long-festering culture clash on the slopes between skiers and snowboarders.

Alta Ski Area east of Salt Lake City is one of three resorts that still ban snowboarding.

The snowboarders appealed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals after the case was dismissed last year by a federal court judge in Utah. That judge said snowboarders don't have a constitutional right to practice their sport and that allowing the lawsuit would open a door for others to claim discrimination against private companies.

Alta says it has a right to make a business decision to provide a snowboarder-free experience.