November 26, 2008

Ski resorts ban racy boards for workers

Several Colorado skiing resorts said they have banned employees from using a line of snowboards that bear images of nearly nude Playboy magazine models.

Skiing destinations including Vail Resorts, Winter Park Resort and Echo Mountain said on-duty employees are being barred from riding the Love line of Burton snowboards while visitors and off-duty workers will be able to use the boards as they see fit, the Rocky Mountain News reported Wednesday.

We have a stringent employee appearance standard, Tom Carey, director of guest experience at Winter Park told the newspaper. We want our employees to be approachable.

However, Monarch Mountain resort owner Bob Nicolls said he has no plans to ban the boards for employees or guests.

Those boards aren't illegal, Nicolls said. Unless it's illegal, I don't think we're going to be censoring it.

Aspen/Snowmass spokesman Jeff Hanle said to the Rocky Mountain News that whether employees are allowed to ride the Love boards will be decided on a case-by-case basis. He said instructors of classes aimed at children will likely be discouraged from using the boards while teaching.