No ruling on Utah ski area's rare snowboarding ban

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Associated Press

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 12 at 10:01 AM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge didn't immediately rule after attorneys for a Utah ski resort asked him to throw out a lawsuit by a group of snowboarders challenging one of the country's last bans on boarding.

There's no immediate deadline for U.S. District Judge Dee Benson to make a decision.

The snowboarders argued Monday that the Alta ski area's ban on snowboarding on mostly federally owned land violates their constitutional rights. They say the ski area discriminates against them based on unfair stereotypes.

Alta contends that a snowboarder-free hill is safer and the sport is a choice so the riders shouldn't have special protection under the law.

The U.S. Forest Service agrees and says the suit could open up the floodgates for people who don't like rules on public lands.

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